DSS detains Ogun LG Chairman, Wale Adedayo, over anti-Abiodun petition


The Department of State Services has detained the suspended Chairman of Ijebu-East Local Government Area, Wale Adedayo, who accused Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun of diverting statutory Federal Allocations due to the state’s local governments in the last two years.

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It was gathered that the DSS has also failed to interrogate Adedayo who arrived at their facility close to the Governor’s office, Oke-Imosan, Abeokuta, at about 11:45 am on Friday, following an invitation by the secret police.

Meanwhile, sources claimed that moments after Adedayo’s arrival at the DSS office, Governor Abiodun was seen driving into the DSS facility and later met with the suspended chairman at the operations desk.

“The DSS has detained Wale Adedayo just now. They asked us to leave, that they’re not ready to interrogate him yet. But they were the ones that kept calling him since morning to come to their office for interrogation, and he arrived at about 11:45 am, but he was not allowed to go in with his mobile phone” a family source said on Friday.

A witness and well-wisher, who simply identified himself as Jide, also said, “The DSS had just chased us away from their office here in Abeokuta close to the governor’s office. They said they’re not ready to investigate the chairman for now. But the governor was here hours ago, and he left around 4:00 pm, but he met with the chairman before he left.”

Adedayo had earlier confirmed that he honoured the invitation of the secret police, adding that he would appear before the State House of Assembly over the matter.

Adedayo had raised the alarm in a letter to elder statesman, Olusegun Osoba, and a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission demanding the investigation of the governor over alleged mismanagement of local government funds.

He was subsequently suspended by councillors while Abiodun denied the allegation.

Meanwhile, the Ogun State House of Assembly on Friday barred journalists from covering the probe of alleged diversion of Local government funds.

The Assembly had directed the state Accountant General, Babatunde Aregbesola and all members of the State Joint Account Allocation Committee to appear before it on Friday.

Following Adedayo’s letter, the Speaker of the Assembly summoned the state Accountant General and JAAC members to provide the House explanation on how LG funds have been expended in the state.

It was gathered that Adedayo was also expected to appear before the House on Friday.

When journalists arrived at the Assembly on Friday, security operatives at the gate of the Assembly prevented journalists from gaining access to the Assembly complex in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

All efforts to reach the Chairman House Committee on Information, Segun Kaka proved abortive as he neither answered calls put across to him nor replied to text messages sent to him.

A member of the Assembly who spoke on the condition of anonymity said, “An order came from above” not to allow journalists into the Assembly.