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Alleged N2.2 billion Properties: Civil Society Group Storms EFCC Office To Endorse Petition Against Osun Ex-Commissioner

        …Submits additional evidences ….As EFCC set to quiz Ajibola Bashiru

A civil group, the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of
Osun State (CSCEOS) has stormed the Ibadan Zonal office of the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with the team of its
Legal Practitioners from Lagos and Osun State penultimate Thursday to
endorse its Petition Letter on the allegation of acquiring N2.2billion
properties with the public funds leveled against the State former
Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ajibola Bashiru.

The group had earlier submitted an additional evidences to the anti
graft agency on the subject matter in order to prove its allegations
leveled against Bashiru beyond reasonable doubt during the EFCC’s
investigation, just as the anti-graft body had concluded arrangement
to invite Mr. Bashiru for questioning over the allegation contained
therein in the group’s Petition Letter for subsequent prosecution in
the Court of Competent jurisdiction.

Similarly, the leadership of the Civil Society Organization (CSO) had
also entered an agreement with the authority of the anti-graft body to
take its officials to the locations of all the alleged acquired
properties with public funds in Osun and Lagos States respectively.

The  group further alleged that Mr. Bashiru had been working round the
clock by employing the service of the men of the Department of the
State Security service (DSS) through its State Director and his men,
with their phone numbers:Mr. Kunle
Isaac-08038110375 and 08132225003, to frustrate the ongoing
investigation of the EFCC, so that they could arrest the Chairman of
the Coalition, Comrade Sulaiman which necessitated the filling of an
application against the DSS in the State High Court to restrain it
from interfering in the investigation of EFCC,.

Speaking with Journalists after the endorsement of its Petition
Letter, the CSCEOS’ Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman
maintained that the civil rights group would continue to expose any
elements of corruption and its perpetrators in our society as part of
efforts to stamp out the menace of corruption in our land, insisting
that if we remain silent , we would be guilty of complicity, advising
Bashiru to allow EFCC to do its constitutional responsibility of
investigating all the financial allegations leveled against
him(Bashiru),instead of employing the service of security agents to
obstruct the EFCC’s investigation.

The rights activist stated that no amount of intimidation from Bashiru
and his co-travelers could deter its organization members from
exposing the corrupt elements of the society, urging the EFCC
officials to raise their head tall in carrying out their
constitutional duty by conducting its investigation without fear or
favour and as well ensuring justice for the parties.

According to the CSCEOS’ submitted more evidences Letter dated
Thursday 20th December, 2018 with the titled: “Report of additional
more evidences in respect of Petition against Mr. Ajibola Bashiru over
N2.2billion properties as a way to prove our Petition beyond
reasonable doubt before the anti-graft agency” and copies were made
available to Journalists on Thursday.

The Letter read thus; “It is duty bound on us as an organization that
is craving for egalitarian and corrupt free society to report any
corrupt practices to your agency (EFCC) that saddle with the
responsibility of investigating financial crimes with subsequent
prosecution of any suspect in respect of financial allegations.

“Through our internal investigative mechanism, we have discovered
another three more gigantic edifices  acquired with public funds by
Mr. Bashiru and the buildings were located at Oroki extension beside
Rave FM Radio Station Air Wave Antenna,Olawuni Kehinde Close,Osogbo,
office Complex at Old Governor’s office-along Gbongan-Ibadan road,
Osogbo and  residential building at Omole Estate, Ojodu-Berger, Lagos
State, with White Colour Armour Tank Jeep Wagon”.

“We also discovered another residential building belonging to Mr.
Ajibola Bashiru but claimed to belonging to one of his aides, Teslim
Latona (Olaiya)  with Phone number-08033841858 and the residential
building was located at Halleluyah Estate,beside Balogun Central
Mosque, off Ring Road,Osogbo”.

It submitted;”Apart from all these properties mentioned,Mr. Ajibola
Bashiru had only gigantic residential building located at Konkobilo
Hotel and Events Centre area,Okinni via Osogbo,where we suspected huge
amount of raw cash were kept in order to evade the arrest of EFCC for
money laundering but we learnt that part of the funds had been moved
to unknown location in the State recently”.

It therefore sees the action of Bashiru in collaboration with the DSS
as a ploy to create a machinery of despotism in the war against
corruption because anybody that is encouraging and promoting
corruption in any form deserves no honour.

The “Law”, the group contends, is no respecter of anybody”