WorldStage Newsonline-- Lagos State Government is set to prosecute three of its officers who were recently disengaged from Service for their involvement in cases of fraud and gross abuse of office.
Iyabo Ogunde, Kolawole Kehinde and Kehinde Kenku, who were staffers of the State Lands Bureau until July 12 this year when they were disengaged were said to have swindled a customer of the State, one Mrs. Adunbarin Abimbola, in January this year to the tune of over N49 million on the pretext of helping her to pay her land charges which they eventually diverted for their own uses
According to a statement by Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, the said Mrs. Abimbola, a staffer of Braintrust Legal Practitioners, had come to the headquarters of the Bureau to perfect the legal mortgage on the properties of their clients when she fell prey to Iyabo Ogunde who pretended to be helping to get her issues sorted, since Abimbola was then pregnant and could not climb the stairs.
Ogunde collected the drafts meant for the land perfection and issued Abimbola fake receipts to make her believe that it was a genuine deal. She later brought in her other partners in crime with who she perfected the fraud and shared the proceeds.
The trio of Ogunde, Kehinde and Kenku were said to have been involved in other nefarious activities before the long arms of the law caught up with them. Their ignoble acts were made possible through the connivance of some bank officials, who usually help them convert State cheques to cash.
Kolawole Kehinde, who was a Chief Technical Assistant in the Bureau and Iyabo Ogunde, Chief Clerical Officer were dismissed from service while Kehinde Kenku, Chief Technical Assistant had his appointment terminated.
According to the Personnel Management Board (Disciplinary) which investigated the culprits, the dismissed officers were the real kingpins while Kenku only aided the fraud.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, who gave the hint stressed that the culprits would be prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others, saying the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye, has been directed to effect the prosecution of the suspects in line with the State policy of probity and accountability.
He noted that the state has zero tolerance for fraud, misdemeanor and other forms of misconduct and advised public servants in the State to be honest and always dedicate themselves to duty.