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Retirees, civil servants arrested in Oyo over N4.8bn

The Oyo State Anti-Corruption Agency (OYACA) on Wednesday announced that some serving and retired civil servants of the state have been arrested for a fraudulent…

The Oyo State Anti-Corruption Agency (OYACA) on Wednesday announced that some serving and retired civil servants of the state have been arrested for a fraudulent contract awarded in 2018.

Speaking on the arrests, the Chairman of OYACA, Justice Eni Esan (Rtd), said, “OYACA has nabbed some retired and serving top civil servants of the Oyo State Roads Maintenance Agency (OYSROMA) for complicity in a fraudulent contract awarded in 2018.

“OYACA was able to discover this fraud despite concealment by the affected top officials to thwart the investigation exercise. The fraud involved the payment of a humongous amount of money in the sum of N4.8bn to three companies yet to show up for investigation despite our invitations.

“The agency is on the heels of the affected companies to recoup the money paid into their accounts in 2018 for supplies not made to date, while investigation is ongoing.

“OYACA makes bold to say that the law is no respecter for persons and everyone who has any form of connection with the matter will be dealt with according to the law.

“We hereby reiterate our commitment to zero tolerance of corruption in the public service of Oyo State.”