The governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has suspended the Chairman of Esan West local government area, Patrick Aguinede from office over alleged fraud.
Naija News reports that the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Monday Osaigbovo, made this known on Tuesday.
This online news platform understands that Aguinede is the third LG chairman to be suspended from office within the last three months.
The Commissioner said Governor Obaseki has always warned them on his zero tolerance for corrupt practices.
Osaigbovo said the LG Chairman was suspended for a period of two months to allow investigation into allegations made against him.
The Commissioner said one of the allegations against the LG Chairman was that an estate agent petitioned Aguinede that he bought a house for him for N30m and Aguinede refused to pay his agency fees.
He said the suspended LG Chairman was alleged not to have remitted complete money collected as Internally Generated Revenue.
His words: “The statistics he gave as the number of tricycles and motorcycles operating in Esan West is 3000.
“If he collected N150 each from them, that amounts to N9m monthly but Aguinede was remitting only N4.5m.
“The Governor always warned us that anybody caught would not only be sacked but be prosecuted.”
Responding to the suspension, the LG Chairman said he has accepted it in good faith.
The LG Chairman said the issue of buying a house for N30m was not a government matter because he was rich as far back as 1988.
Aguinede said he would appear before any panel set up to investigate the allegations.
Meanwhile, Yakson Musa in Etsako West and Aremiyau Momoh of Etsako East are the other two chairman who were previously suspended by the governor.