Oyo State government lost N357 million while being moved to Access and Heritage banks as the Toyota Hiace bus conveying the money was attacked by armed robbers, who made away with the money in the Ibadan, capital of the state.
The money was moved out of the Oluyole residence of Governor Abiola Ajimobi and his wife Florence, but those conveying the money had not reached any of the banks when the robbers attacked.
The money was moved out in a Toyota Hiace bus. They were going to deposit some of it in Access Bank and the other in Heritage Bank, but they were attacked on Ring Road, just before the roundabout where a road leads to Iyaganku and the other to Apata. Everything happened between 7:20a.m. and 7:35a.m.
The man detailed to oversee the movement of the money, simply identified as ‘Semiu’, was wounded during the attack, his head hit with a gun.
Semiu has since been arrested, especially as the Oyo State government circle believes that only an insider could have known that the money was being moved out.
Spokesman of the Police in Oyo State, Olugbenga Fadeyi surprisingly revealed that he was not aware of any robbery incident at Ring Road. And much later, Fadeyi still confirmed that no such official report had been made.
“It is possible that there was a robbery, but if no official report was made, we won’t know,” he said.
This is an uneasy situation for Oyo State government, which has been in the news lately for unpleasant reasons relating to shady movement of funds.
In March, part of the over N1 billion moved out of the State House by Ajimobi between the night of Friday 22 and Saturday 23 was confirmed missing.Only last week, Godwin Obode, former Special Assistant on Youth and Student Matters to Ajimobi, was arrested by men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, F-SARS, following his refusal to return the N18.5 million he received from the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo State for the general elections, but did not spend it.
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