REPORTS reaching sharpedgenews.com reveal that after two weeks of close watch, agents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission picked up Mr. Debo Ajimuda, who is the head of Ondo
State Oil-Producing Areas Development Commission, in the capital city of Akure on Tuesday.
Ajimuda was picked-up in a well-staged raid by up to 20 men of the Commission who had waited for about six hours for him to show up in his neighborhood of Alagbaka, a privileged residential community within the city of Akure. He was reportedly only in his undergarments at the time of his arrest.
A previous visit by members of the anti-graft agency to Mr. Ajimuda’s home met his wife, who denied that Ajimuda was home and claimed not to be in possession of access keys to his private study in the home. The agents who were in possession of a search warrant had to force an entry into the said study.
At the main office of the agency headed by Mr. Ajimuda in town, the EFCC operatives met some resistance from the staff who had rounded up the agents and labeled them as kidnappers. A timely intervention by a police team led by Assistant Commissioner for Police, M.D. Garba saved the situation.
The EFCC is believed to be acting on a petition written by a group against the operations of the commission which is saddled with expending 40 per cent of the 13 per cent Oil Mineral Derivation Fund accruable to the state as an oil-producing one from the Federation Accounts for developmental purposes in the oil areas of Ilaje and Ese-Odo councils.
The petitioners were said to have alleged that unlike before, OSOPADEC has become prostrate since Ajimuda became its Chairman and that his alleged indecent flaunting of wealth when billions of the commission’s money cannot be accounted for should be investigated by the anti-graft body.
Additional Reports from The Guardian