Wednesday, 1 February 2017

EFCC Invites Ex-OAU VC Bamitale Omole

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has invited former Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Vice Chancellor Prof. Bamitale Omole and the bursar, Mrs. Aderonke Akeredolu, for questioning.

It was gathered that EFCC asked Omole to explain how he “spent” N208 million for the renovation of the VC’s official residence during his tenure.
A Non-Governmental Organisation, Third Eye Transparency International, petitioned the EFCC, alleging embezzlement, fraudulent conversion and abuse of office.

In the petition, the group urged the agency to investigate “the illegal disbursement and embezzlement of funds”.

The NGO said the official residence had been built and completed for decent habitation long before Omole’s tenure and had been occupied by several vice-chancellors.

In a letter dated January 19 addressed to the Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Anthony Elujoba, the EFCC requested for the release of Prof Omole and Mrs. Akeredolu.

It asked the bursar to come along with Certified True Copies (CTC) of “all capital project contracts, including financial document relevant to the renovation of official residence of the VC executed in the institution”.

“Other documents expected are financial document of funds remitted to OAU under the NEEDS ASSESSMENT of Nigeria Public Universities Special Presidential Intervention between 2013 and 2014 and all financial documents of employer Contributory Pension Scheme of the Institution between 2012 and 2016.”

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