EXCLUSIVE: Audit exposes massive corruption in Lagos local councils; indicts officials for squandering millions

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos

A government audit of 57 local councils in Lagos State has indicted eight, accusing their officials of squandering at least N224 million of public funds on a range of questionable expenditure and unimplemented contracts.

The 2012 audit report covers the state’s Local Government Areas, LGAs, created and recognised by the Nigerian government, as well as Local Development Council Administration, LCDAs, created by the Lagos State government, but not recognised by the federal government.

Those accused of wasting public funds are Agbado Oke-odo, Surulere, Coker-Aguda, Egbe-Idumu, Eredo, Iba, Ikosi-Isheri, and Lagos Island East.

The audit assessment, seen by PREMIUM TIMES, accused officials of the affected local authorities of “financial recklessness”, and blamed them for wasteful spending.

The report also criticised another set of eight local government areas of piling up debts and failing to meet targeted revenue projections.

The LCDAs in this category are Eti-Osa East, Ikoyi-Obalende, Iru-Victoria Island, Yaba, and Agabo-Oke LCDAs.

The LGAs are Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Somolu.

Together, the eight councils accounted for N788.3 million in debt, and fell short of the projected N831.5 million self-generated revenue, the report states.

The respective debt profiles of each council were listed as Eti-Osa East N23.7m; Eti-Osa N52m; Ikoyi-Obalende N220.3m, and Iru Victoria Island N50m.

Others are Lagos Mainland N163.8m; Yaba N51.2m; Somolu N147.5m and Agbado Oke-Odo N79.6m.
Unaccounted funds

The report highlights a series of disturbing spending and practices which the auditors said cost the 16 councils an “unquantifiable financial shortfalls that could have been used for development projects at the grassroots”.

In Agbado Oke-Odo for instance, officials paid out N11.5m as personal advance for staff of the council since 2010 but failed to deduct the payments from salaries of the beneficiaries.

Also, the council failed to remit statutory deductions from contracts awarded to the tune of N40.9m.

In Surulere, auditors found that N17.5 m, as against the agreed N12.8m, which was 30 percent of the mobilization sum, was paid to a contractor for the installation of a Colour Led Display solution screen at Masha Road, Lagos State Water Corporation Junction in Surulere Even so, “the project has not taken off since February 2011 when the agreement was signed”, the report stated.

Tajudeen Ajide, the Chairman of Surulere Local Government, told PREMIUM TIMES that the allegations were false.

To prove his innocence, he presented documents and video clips showing that the Colour Led Display solution Screen project actually kicked off, but was stopped by the Lagos State Advertising Agency, LASSA, which refused to grant approval for the installation of the screen.

Mr. Ajide took a PREMIUM TIMES’ reporter to the proposed site of the Colour Led Display solution Screen project at Masha Roundabout, Surulere, where work was yet to commence.

“The Led Display solution screen actually kicked off but the state advertising regulatory agency refused to approve the locations we offered, the stadium junction and the roundabout at Masha, even after the state government approved the project,” he said. “And this project would have boosted our revenue generation which I had planned to use to put into education, and some key areas of the society.”

The council boss however did not explain why N‎‎17.5 million was paid instead of N12.8 million, the stipulated 30 per cent mobilization fee.

Other local areas too

At Coker-Aguda LCDA, “spurious expenditure” totalling N1.3m was made by staff on behalf of the Local Council, the report said.

“The payment appeared spurious because the minutes of the meetings were not provided to the audit team and pictorial evidence of performance was not attached to the payment vouchers,” it stated.

A total of N29.1 m was unaccounted for in Egbe-Idimu LCDA.

“Expenditure Not Accounted For: Audit examination of the payment vouchers revealed that the sum of N10.0m paid to various officers of the Local Council for sundry expenses was not accounted for,” the report said.

“Audit examination of the payment vouchers during the period under review revealed that the twenty-one payment vouchers totalling N12, 652,000.00 were doubtful and unreasonable.

“Payments for Jobs not Executed Audit examination of payment vouchers showed that the sum of N6, 500,000.00 was expended on spreading of loose laterite and stabilization of roads during the period under review. Further inspection to the site revealed that these projects were not executed.

“Unpresented Payment Vouchers: Five payment vouchers totalling N10, 200,000.00 duly posted in the Combined Cashbook were not produced for audit examination”.

Also, officials of the Eredo LCDA made unauthorized excess expenditure totalling N15m in 2012, just as 52 payment vouchers amounting to N30.2m and duly paid and posted in the treasury cashbook, were not produced for audit verification.

Officials of Iba LCDA were also indicted for overpayment of security allowance to the chairman by N2million in 2012.

Ramat Oseni-Adeyeri, the chairperson of Iba LCDA, dismissed the claims against her and other officials.

“It’s a fallacy,” she told PREMIUM TIMES.

At Ikosi-Isheri LCDA, the audit report noted an irregular auto loan facility to the tune of N100m from Fidelity Bank Plc for the purchase of vehicles for various functionaries of the Local Council.
The transaction was observed to be fraught with various irregularities such as lack of proper documentation.

An audit of Lagos Island East LCDA also revealed expenditure not accounted for to the tune of N6.3million.
The council chairmen of Eti-Osa LGA, Iru Victoria Island LCDA and Surulere LGA ‎ responded to PREMIUM TIMES inquiry.

‎Yisa Owolabi, the chairman of Eti-Osa East LCDA denied being in debt.

“The council took a facility of N100 m that year on capital project with d approval of the state government and as we speak we will finish servicing it by the end of next month. We are among the most prudent council,” Mr. Owolabi said.

Also, Abayomi Daramola, the chairman of Iru-Victoria island LCDA said he was sure his council remitted all tax deductions.

“We are not in any debt neither did we not remit any statutory tax deductions. I’m very sure,” he said.

The chairpersons of other indicted local government/councils did not respond to our requests for comments.


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  • Festoo

    I thought APC states are saintly?

    • Ogom

      They are “saintly”.. Do you see this kind of yansh-opening in PDP states?

      Clearly the promise of great things to come if Fashola is VP 🙂

    • Wash

      Yes they are. It is wen evil is brought to light it can be dealth with. Which other state can carry out audit in their domain. The self righteous akpabio even asked for millions for naira for governors of the state but his sinister plan was cut short. That’s wat u get from greedy rulers who have no future outside dirty politics.

  • Gideon Orkar

    There is no corruption in Lagos

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      • Deseye Leigh

        CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ABET STEALING BY LAGOS GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

        Ordinary Lagosians boast emptily. They claim to be the most enlightened. But they are, to the contrary, retards in need of guardians. Here again their backwardness shows up. They submit to one-man rule like supine sheep – no public accounts. They even accept Raji Fashola’s irresponsible diktat that Lagosians are not entitled to Freedom of Information, a declaration he filed in court to remove any doubt.

        Rather than scream havoc, the bevy of human rights and civil rights groups in Lagos rejoice that this is the type of government they’ve been yearning for. Meantime, Lagos deteriorates in violence on all indices – and with schools posting the worst results ever since Nigeria’s independence. As criminal accomplices for favours, human rights and civil rights activists fiddle as Lagos burns – by telling the people to look the other way, as Raji Fashola and his looters descend on Lagos state treasury; to steal, to plunder and to loot.

        • gboromiro

          Maybe after we read of one PDP national/state audit report, we can consider. At least one state has shown the way to go even for the FG.
          Eko is satisfied with the way we are governed. If you are not visiting, you will have another opportunity to retain or vote out.
          if you are truly disturbed by the state of finance, stop belly aching and go ask the governor of your state how he has been ruling yours.

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    I am not surprised by these revelation, simply disappointed that APC, as a party, and Gov. Fash of Lagos, appear not to have put in place a reporting mechanism to ensure that these appendages are going along desirable party lines and delivering party manifesto programs.

    I had raised this point about 18 months ago and obviously, this was ignored, as with all things positive but against the pecuniary interests of our politicians.

    If it is this bad now, how much worse could it get when local authorities become financially independent?

    I hope the investigations are thorough and those found culpable are sent to prison after prosecution.

    There are so many local authority roads across Nigeria that are budgeted for annually but never touched. There is more where this report came from.

    • Olusegun Olawonyi

      Kay:
      This revelation is a positive development, and the government behind this kinds of revelation earns my respect. That is how we start the clean up of the nation…make no mistake about it, there is filth everywhere, but we must start from somewhere to clean up. And for a party to be willing to put this out at this time is an honorable thing. This gets my up vote for APC Lagos.

  • Ponle

    Stealing is the ideology of Lagos state government under Alhaji Raji Fashola.

    • Folabi Atitebi

      HOW RAJI FASHOLA DUPED LAGOSIANS

      Between 2007 and now, Raji Fashola has received about seven [7] billion U.S dollars
      in federal revenue allocation. He’s also received another 11 billion U.S dollars
      in internally generated revenue in the same period; totalling 18 billion dollars.

      All this money without a single functioning public school or a running city transport to show for it
      for it, as the state’s BRT has all but collapsed with barely 15% of the BRT bus fleet left,
      as a result of massively ruinous thefts – all within three years of the shambolic BRT operation.

      Raji Fashola sank Lagos state by his financially un-accountable governance.

      Despite the 18 billion dollars he’s received from 2007 till date, and without making
      Lagos state public accounts available to the people, Alhaji Raji Fashola said he’s
      incurred a whopping 3.7 billion dollars in debts on behalf of all Lagosians as at today.
      What a terrible legacy to leave behind for posterity!

      • Olusegun Olawonyi

        Folabi:
        Where did you get all these information and humongous financial figures from? Kindly share your source with the forum for us to ascertain its veracity. While at it, consider the recurrent expenditure of the state and other legitimate expense of state. Thank you.

    • Dafe

      I agree with you. I live in Lagos. I am choking under the stench of official thefts.
      My neighbours say they are preparing for citizens’ arrest of Raji Fashola soon.
      Some other boys are forming Liberation Movements a few metres from my house.
      They say they want to bring all Lagos state officials from 1999 to justice by force.

  • Kola Adekola

    This money is being stoled by the council manager, council treasurer and Auditors. They are civil servants.

    • No Comment

      “Bola Tinubu has become the most hated politician in the South-West.
      Association with him is increasingly as politically contagious as leprosy.”

      ……….Femi Aribisala

      [July 1st, 2014)

    • Jimi

      @ Kola Adekola:

      RAJI FASHOLA IS WORSE THAN JAMES IBORI

      Nobody is interested in any excuses here! Raji Fashola faces severe punishment in jail next year. Lagos state is not his father’s private property to be spent at will. We will make sure we see him to jail if he can’t render financial accounts. He is worse than James Ibori. What nonsense is this? What does he take Lagosians for? Who the hell does he think he is, in the first place? He was wangled into office and all he did was dig his hands into the public treasury anyhow like a mad person?

      • Kola Adekola

        Jimi, why re you blaming fashola? Re u sure you read this report very well. This Audit report was released to the premium times by Lagos state goverment itself.

        • John Adueme

          @ Kola:

          Fish rots from the head. It was Raji Fashola who set this stealing tone in Lagos state.
          We are being told here that Lagos state earned 18billion dollars under Raji Fashola.
          Since the civil servants see thefts all around the Governor’s cabinet, they too steal.
          The law of Nigeria prohibits theft. Anyone can organize to bring these thieves to justice.
          Under no law is the consent of the whole populace to deal severely with official thieves.

          • The Revolutionary

            “If you are afraid of revolution maybe you have something to be afraid of.
            What is wrong with us having revolution here in Nigeria? Unless, of course,

            you belong to those who are stealing government money or you have something

            to hide.”

            “Then of course you should be afraid of revolution, because after the revolution,
            there is what we call revolutionary justice. The revolutionaries will get you and shoot you.
            There are many people whom if we shoot, Nigeria will become a better place.
            In fact, if the revolutionaries can shoot dead just 500 corrupt people, Nigeria will be
            a better place, and, God will forgive the revolutionaries.”

            ….…….Dr. Junaid Mohammed

            March 17, 2013

            (Nation newspaper)

    • Jimi

      The people will soon react and bring these thieves in Lagos state to justice.
      Human nature forbids cheating, to talk more of daylight robbery to one’s face.

      • Ol’boy

        “We will not allow you to enjoy your ill-gotten gains in peace. We will hound you,
        and pursue you everywhere you go. When you buy your Hummers, we will snatch them.
        When you send your children to expensive schools, we will kidnap them. When you retreat
        to your billion-naira homes, you will have to sleep with one eye open. With every knock,
        you will panic and tremble, fearing it could be nemesis at the door”.

        …………Femi Aribisala

        (Vanguard Newspaper)

        [August 27, 2013]

    • Ikeji

      “What is about to happen is going to be like a film show.
      Something greater than the Justice Oputa panel will be
      set up in Nigeria to try these corrupt politicians. God will
      use this crisis (Boko Haram/insecurity) to raise up a leader
      who will cleanse the society. The person will have the heart of a lion,

      like Jehu in the Bible. Most of these politicians, if they are not dead,

      will end up in prison. This is what God is saying.”

      …….…….Primate Olabayo

      (Head of the Evangelical Church of Yaweh)

      [April 29, 2013]

  • Public Records

    THE PETITION RAJI FASHOLA HAS BEEN DODGING SINCE OCTOBER 2012

    “The Government of Lagos State boasts of internally generated revenue of about N40
    billion every month; translating into a commission of N6 Billion being paid to
    Alpha Beta Consulting Ltd – also every month – which sum i consider
    unfavourable and outrageous to me as a tax payer and a citizen of Lagos State”.

    “My request is basically to let me know the monthly returns of the
    taxes and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) generated, accrued,
    collected and paid to Lagos government and commissions received
    from government or its agencies by the Company since inception
    of the contract.”

    “I wish to know how the taxes, revenue and finances of Lagos state accrue,
    are managed, and disbursed and do hereby apply to you by yourselves, agents,
    and servants to access and request to be made available to me by you, all necessary
    information, Certified True Copies of Files, records and contract Agreements/Documents,

    in respect of the said Contract/Agreement entered into between the Government of Lagos State

    and, the Company – Alpha Beta Consulting Limited – mandating the Company to assess and collect

    on behalf of the Government all taxes and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) due, payable and paid

    by the Government and its agencies and all the commissions due, payable and paid by the government

    to the Company and received by the Company since the announcement of the Contract/Agreement for my perusal

    and scrutiny pursuant to Section 2, 3(3) m, o, 5, 6, 7, 9, & 10 of the Provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2011 (F.O.I) as Replicated/Domesticated in Lagos State of Nigeria”.

    ………..Dr. Dominic

    (October, 2012)

  • Netanyahu

    You guys are vilifying Fashola for auditing his lieutenants at the local govt level? That is pure mischief. Go outside Lagos state and see what is called looting. The report did not say Fashola stole money but local govt managers. Go to Imo, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Abia, Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta etc and see sheer stealing and no one is probed or audited or indicted. I beg leave Fashola alone, j’are. Let the next governor take up rehabilitation of schools, health service centers etc. Fashola has substantially rehabilitated roads in Lagos, tidied up the environment, provided security etc. You cannot take that away from him. Each time I visit Lagos I marvel at the transformation that has taken place since he came onboard.

    • Gbolahan Peters

      @ Netanyahu:

      Ah, i see, but you are so hypocritical that you don’t even ask how much revenue was got?
      How can you assess prudence, efficiency, or honesty of purpose, without reference to price?
      You only marvel with a blank mind, without any inquiry into the costs versus revenue of Lagos.
      Someone like you makes thefts easy in Lagos because you don’t think things through one bit.

      • Sesan Bamodu

        The only enduring legacy of Alhaji Raji Fashola is illiteracy in Lagos state.
        With 80% school cert failure every year, since 2007, Lagos is now done for.
        The millions of illiterates created will depress Lagos into a swirl of violence.

  • Tire

    ‘LAGOS NOW 3RD WORST CITY IN THE WORLD’ –

    SAYS BRITISH ECONOMIC INTELLIGENCE UNIT

    “The January 2014 global study of cities in the world done by the British Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked Lagos, Nigeria, as the 3rd worst liveable city in the world. Lagos has degraded further from its awful status in 2012 as the 4th worst city.”

    “On a scale of 100 Lagos now has the third poorest score of 39.0 of all cities in the world assessed. The study titled ‘livability’ assessed particular characteristics of each city, such as its crime levels, the threat of conflict,
    the quality of medical care, the levels of censorship, the city temperature, the quality of its schools and its transport links.”

    ………Reported by British Telegraph

    [January 2014]

    • Dr. Adepite.

      THE OTHER DANGEROUS LEGACY OF RAJI FASHOLA

      As it is, Islamism has very nearly torn apart Yoruba society

      under the political mis-direction of Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu

      and Alhaji Raji Fashola, both of whom have set the teeth of

      Yoruba non-Muslims on edge. Today and for the first time in Lagos,
      Islamism has surfaced as the most dangerous political
      ideology fanned wholly by Muslims.

      Islamism is deadly, Islamism is dangerous, it is to be avoided.

      Islamism is an invidious mindset percolating the thoughts of a huge swathe
      of Nigerian Muslims, sometimes superciliously, other times as overcompensation for
      low esteem. At all times, Islamism involves the breaking of all rules of fair dealings,
      just to assure the dominance of Muslims in public office.

      • Seemeseetrouble

        “Yoruba Christians have no stake in APC anymore than Biblical Prophet Elijah
        could have had a stake in aiding an Islamic state in old Israel. As a divisive Islamic party,

        in a multi-religious Yoruba society, APC is the worst political mistake the Yoruba ever made.”

        “These clear facts have nothing to do with Mr. Goodluck Jonathan –
        who was a deputy governor in Bayelsa state at the time; or, anything to do with PDP –
        which had no hands in how ACN/APC framed its Islamist supremacist ideology in the year 2012”.

        ………….Deacon Ayanlaja
        (October 16, 2014)

  • the truth

    i once said it, and i will say it again. corruption and looting is encompassed in the average nigerian, be it the garri seller to the akara seller in the market. it is hypocritical if we cast our spectrum on only public officials while the average naija man’s mentality is the same. be it pdp or apc, looting and corruption is everywhere. it is not only in apc controlled states, it is also in pdp controlled states. the average nigerian public servant sees that position as a way of enriching himself and his family. the term service is not in their dictionary.if you go to such an exalted position and u don’t loot your immediate family and friends would look at you like mumu. unless the psychic of the average nigerian changes we will continue in this mess.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Well stated, the truth.

      • Bamidele Ayeni

        Jujubeans & Kay:

        I beg una, please forget the ordinary garri seller, she is not a political actor, her petty corruption is not the cause of Nigeria’s under-development. The problem with Nigerians is that they don’t think properly for the most part. They are careless about life. They are either stealing state lands, cars and cash assets for their personal posterity, or, working for commission, salary or fee for those doing the actual stealing.

        People who don’t think properly can never progress.

        That’s why greater revenue to Lagos state has not translated into safe and secure life for anyone in Lagos. The state keeps sinking because official thefts in government have fissured social relations; sowed resentment in the populace, diverted attention from education – and this from skills acquisition – and overall, reduced Lagos to a barbaric state of nature where anyone could be shot dead, mugged bloodily, or beheaded with an axe in broad daylight as happened two days ago at Fadeyi, by Western Avenue.

    • Jujubeans

      Well said… It is especially pernicious, when you realise that 99% of Nigerians view the proceeds of their corrupt practices as blessings from God.

  • Deacon Rotimi Ayanlaja

    WHY AC/APC IN YORUBALAND IS AN ISLAMIST PARTY

    The Action Congress (AC) party in Yorubaland, now morphed as APC,

    is an on-going insult against Yoruba Christians. Since its formation in 2002,

    the ACN/APC party has NEVER fielded a Christian as governorship candidate

    in any of the six (6) Yoruba states of the South-West.

    That is the complete proof, if any is needed, that APC in Yorubaland is an Islamist party.

    Yoruba Christians have no stake in APC anymore than Biblical Prophet Elijah

    could have had a stake in aiding an Islamic state in old Israel.

    As a divisive Islamic party, in a multi-religious Yoruba society, APC is the worst political mistake

    the Yoruba ever made. These clear facts have nothing to do with Mr. Goodluck Jonathan –
    who was a deputy governor in Bayelsa state at the time; or, anything to do with PDP –

    which had no hands in how ACN/PDP framed its Islamist supremacist ideology in the year 2012.

    • Obafemi Adamula (Abeokuta)

      “Everybody in Yoruba land is looking for a way to liberate themselves once again from
      these (APC) pretenders who claim to be progressives but are the opposite

      of anything progressive. They say they are ‘progressives’ but they admit all
      the corrupt people from the PDP and bring them together to form the All
      Progressives Congress [APC]. What is progressive about ex-Governor Murtala
      Nyako, for example? Now that the Yoruba people have known that the APC is worse
      than PDP – in corruption, impunity, and, lack of internal democracy – we have
      to vote against APC”.

      “As soon as the former Alliance for Democracy [AD] governors took over in 1999 they had
      their own leader (Bola Ahmed Tinubu) who wanted to become the Yoruba leader but
      he did not possess the attributes every Yoruba man would be proud of. Money can
      deceive a lot of people initially but after some time the people’s eye would be
      open for them to see where to go and who not to follow. And that is why we are
      thankful to the people of Ondo and Ekiti states. It was Ondo state that led the
      rebellion when APC took all the money to Ondo for the state election but the
      people rejected it. APC then took money to Ekiti state and the people also
      rejected it”.

      ……Senator Femi Okurounmu

      (Yoruba Afenifere Leader and Coorodinator of on-going National Conference)

      [July 26th, 2014]

  • Encore

    “The Action Congress (AC) party in Yorubaland, now morphed as APC,
    is an on-going insult against Yoruba Christians. Since its formation in 2002,
    the ACN/APC party has NEVER fielded a Christian as governorship candidate
    in any of the six (6) Yoruba states of the South-West.”

    ……Deacon Rotimi Ayanlaja
    (October 16, 2014)

    • Omo’oodua

      “APC regime runs Lagos State with impunity and has turned Lagos state
      into an animal farm where some people are more equal than others.
      In Lagos state, where workers earn N18,000 as minimum wage, and where
      the daily living income per family hovers around $2 (about N325), tuition fee
      as high as N150,000 represent a death sentence for the educational aspirations
      of the Lagos youth population. This must not be allowed. Lagos also has the worst
      transport extortion regime in Nigeria, Africa and perhaps in the world.”

      ……………Dr. Frederick Fasheun

      (Founder O’odua Peoples Congress, OPC)

  • Pointblank

    Dear Sir:

    You can’t stop thieves by words of abuse – you can only stop official thieves by organizing,
    arming, and, killing the thieves. Nigeria falls apart because official thieves are inured to shame;
    and, perhaps now they need slaughtering. For so long as people sit and do nothing to force a change,
    each honest person’s future in Lagos state – and indeed in all other 35 states in Nigeria – is in jeopardy.

    • No Comment

      “The only way to stop us from stealing is to stone us. The Nigerian followers
      are as guilty as the Nigerian leaders. The Nigerian institutions are all compromised,
      and there is no alternative to them as it is. Nigerians appear not to be against
      stealing and corruption but only against how long you stay stealing and being corrupt.
      Don’t ever expect those in public office to fight corruption on these facts.”

      ….…..Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state

      (June 30th, 2014)

  • manof

    This report is not complete. They omitted Mosan Okunola LCDA where the man has done nothing meaningful for 8years!

    • Solomon Wilfred

      @ Manof:

      What’s going on in Nigeria is not democracy but legalized robbery. It should be brought to a swift end by any means possible, – including armed struggle – because stealing is not democracy but a criminal activity.

      What is going on in Nigeria is stealing – not democracy.

      The laws of Nigeria forbid Nigerians from supporting crimes. Nigerians must rise and violently oppose official thefts.
      After 14 years of thorough-going and destructive official thefts, Nigerians should wise up and react viscerally to say:
      ‘Enough is enough!’

    • S.W

      @Manof

      What’s going on in Nigeria is not democracy but legalized robbery. It should be
      brought to a swift end by any means possible, – including armed struggle –

      because stealing is not democracy but a criminal activity.
      What is going on in Nigeria is stealing – not democracy.

      The laws of Nigeria forbid Nigerians from supporting crimes. Nigerians must rise

      and violently oppose official thefts. After 14 years of thorough-going and destructive

      official thefts, Nigerians should wise up and react viscerally to say: ‘Enough is enough!’

      • Words on Marble

        “There cannot be peace and harmony where there is wide disparity between the few rich
        and multitude of the poor. Our society and economy are in tatters in a highly competitive world;

        our children are missing out in getting qualitative and functional education.”

        “The masses of our people are chained down in dehumanizing and grinding poverty
        while we continue to maintain a few islands of false prosperity in a turbulent ocean of
        penury and squalor.”

        “Nigeria is in a season of sorrow and mourning posed by decades of neglect of a sizeable
        segment of our society and now our people are dying in thousands in needless
        battles and conflicts.”

        …………General T.Y Danjuma

        (May 24th, 2014)

        • Ighodalo

          Mr Manof,

          Nigerians worship money and care less for honour. So they’ll continue to be governed by
          official thieves. It’s as simple as that. People who use education for stealing don’t deserve pity.

          Hence, the international community has had no sympathy for Nigerians since the genocidal killings
          in the country started and crossed the 8,000 mark. No one should be interested in the affairs
          of a people whose stealing ways are worse than those of lower animals.

          Beasts know better by stealing outside for the benefit of their pack, not for some other
          beasts outside – as Nigerians do – by lodging 600 billion dollars they wickedly stole
          from Nigeria into their private accounts overseas, from which they then bought villas
          and stocks in Europe, China, America and Japan, for the benefits of those countries.

        • By Popular Demand

          HOW RAJI FASHOLA FINISHED OFF LAGOS STATE TREASURY

          Lagos state government has earned $40 billion plus in revenues between 1999 and now.
          The money – less salary and running expenses – was partly shared between Bola Tinubu,
          and Raji Fashola under corporate guise in the worst scam ever in modern Yoruba history.

          Last year, Lagos state floated a loan bond of about 80 billion Naira and got public investors to subscribe for repayment with interest but once the bond was fully subscribed, Raji Fashola took 40% of that money – about 35 billion Naira or so – and handed it over in cash to Bola Tinubu, via a bogus corporate front.

          This patently corrupt deal was ostensibly to buy back Lagos state ‘concession rights’ on the Lekki
          tolled Expressway, according to Raji Fashola. But what the corrupt and clever by half Raji Fashola did not say is that the land at issue belongs to Lagos state and was never sold to Bola Tinubu’s company in the first place. Or did Bola Tinubu’s company invest 35 billion Naira developing the road.

          In other words, by sheer fraud, Raji Fashola paid Bola Tinubu 25 years profit upfront without any further work. A lien was then imposed on Lagos state allocation of federal revenue for the next three [3] years to pay for this 80 billion Naira debt by all Lagos residents. This transaction must count as the worst fraud ever in Yoruba history since Nigeria became independent on October 1, 1960.

          In fact, On May 21st, 2014, the Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Ayodeji Gbeleyi, confirmed that Lagos state debts, as at May 2014, stood at N435 billion – including N275 billion in bonds – equivalent to 2.7 billion United States dollars. Now, discounting monthly interest rates on the commercial portion of this debt, the gross Lagos state government debt is now equal to all of the expected federal revenue allocation to Lagos state in the next two and half years, at $3.7
          billion, without equivalent benefits on the ground to show for it – dollar for dollar.

          • Battle Ready

            “I am seeing something very ugly behind the mask of the All Progressives Congress [APC],
            and it is called religious bigotry. This is a political party whose key substantive officers in the
            National Executive Committee are ALL ‘Muslims’!’ We already hear
            people openly refer to the APC as the Boko Haram and the Janjaweed
            Party. Presenting a Muslim/Muslim ticket would only confirm it. That
            is absolute logic!“

            “If the person that the
            leadership of the Yoruba APC eventually decide to field as a Vice
            Presidential candidate is a Muslim, then the north must field a
            Christian candidate for the Presidency. Christians cannot and must not
            be taken for granted and no-one should attempt to sacrifice them on the
            altar of political expediency. Any political party that seeks to do that ceases to
            be a political party and can be better described as a religious cult”.

            “And
            no Christian worth his salt can or will ever be the member of such a
            cult. The suggestion of a Muslim/Muslim ticket by some, and the subtle
            rationalization of such a repugnant and self-destructive agenda by
            others is, to say the least, nauseating. It is simply unacceptable and,
            in Jesus name, we reject it”.

            ……..Femi Fani-Kayode

            (April 7th, 2014)

          • Dr Adepite

            @ Femi Fani-Kayode:

            Islamism is deadly, Islamism is dangerous, it is to be avoided. Islamism is an invidious mindset, percolating the thoughts of a huge swathe of Nigerian Muslims, sometimes superciliously, other times as overcompensation for low esteem. At all times, Islamism involves the breaking of all rules of fair
            dealings just to assure the dominance of Muslims in public office.

            As it is, Islamism has very nearly torn apart Yoruba society under the mis-direction of
            Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Alhaji Raji Fashola, both of whom have set the teeth
            of Yoruba non-Muslims on edge. Islamism as the most dangerous political ideology

            fanned wholly by Nigerian Muslims.

  • By popular demand

    “The Action Congress (AC) party in Yorubaland, now morphed as APC,
    is an on-going insult against Yoruba Christians. Since its formation in 2002,
    the ACN/APC party has NEVER fielded a Christian as governorship candidate
    in any of the six (6) Yoruba states of the South-West.”

    ……Deacon Rotimi Ayanlaja
    (October 16, 2014)

    • akin-UK

      Tell me any sellable Christians (with due respect) that has thrown his/her hat into the ring of political leadership. How many Christians are willing to join parties? What is the number in governor aspirants? Always saying ‘Politics is too dirty’. Do you want Christians sitting in the comfy of their home to be made governors.

  • Figaro

    Theft has created a crass elite structure in Lagos having no sensible member
    a Nigerian youth can look up to as innovative and morally upright role model
    amongst the treasury thieves prancing around in criminal garb as politicians.

  • ogbeni ileyemi

    The question I expect from good people of Nigerian is to ask other governor to do emulate the BRO if they don’t have anything to hide. But I bet it they will never try it because transparency isn’t in there dictionary. Good day

  • eduetok

    I think GEJ should be blamed for this,lol.

    • Bidemi Lukman

      No we cant blame GEJ. GEJ only justified it by saying it is not corruption so, EFCC cannot run after them

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  • Buhari the Sharia Virus

    APCriminals!

  • mike

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  • Ejetavwo

    The waste of resources as the audit report on Iba LCDA shows was not a surprise to me and fellow residents of the local government. Over the years, most roads in the LCDA are impassable . Even the LCDA area office at Mebamui deplorable and inhabitable. The Chairman lives in waste of scarce resources. Fashola must ensure that LGAs and LCDAs live up to delivering divident of democracy to citizens,

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