Sanwo-Olu did not divert N370m local government fund - Council chairmen

Sanwo-Olu did not divert N370m local government fund - Council chairmen

- Some Lagos state council chairmen came to the defence of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu over allegation of financial diversion

- There was allegation that the Lagos governor diverted fund meant for the local government

- According to the council chairmen, they were solidly behind the governor

Council chairmen in Alimosho local government area of Lagos state have debunked report that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu deducted N370 million from its allocation.

In a statement signed by the six council chairmen, they lashed out at Sahara Reporters for claiming a source provided the information.

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They insisted that they were solidly behind Governor Sanwo-Olu and his governance. The chairmen vowed to sue Sahara Reporters if it does not provide the name of the so-called source.

According to the report by Sahara Reporters, the Lagos state government had gone against the National Finance Intelligence Unit (NFIU) guideline by deducting N370 million from its allocation for June 2019.

It claimed the chairmen where anticipating that they would split the sum of N750 million but were left with a little over N320 million.

It claimed a source said: “Please, we did not give concession to any state to do any direct deductions from JAAC and will never do so.

"However, we also admonished all LG councils to remit their obligations under the law without being forced to do so. The funds are local government funds.”

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Meanwhile, local government chairmen in Zamfara accused the state government of denying them of their funds remitted from the federation account in spite of the presidential order that such funds be sent directly to the councils’ accounts.

Addressing a press conference in Gusau, spokesman of the association in the state and chairman of Maradun local government, Alhaji Ahmed Abubakar, alleged that the state government had totally violated the presidential order.

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