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N500m refund: Ladoja demands N10bn from Ajimobi

JANUARY 15, 2015 BY OLUFEMI ATOYEBI, IBADAN
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Former Oyo State Governor Rashidi Ladoja has
demanded N10bn in damages from the state
Governor Abiola Ajimobi over a claim by the
governor that the ex-governor refunded N500m,
which he had misappropriated, to the state
purse through the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission.
Speaking on behalf of the government, Special
Adviser to Governor Ajimobi on Media, Dr. Festus
Adedayo, said the government was prepared to
meet Ladoja in court over the allegation.
In a letter addressed to Ajimobi and signed by
Ladoja’s solicitor, Abiodun Abdul-Raheem, and
dated January 14, 2015, the former governor
demanded an apology and a retraction of the
publication in national dailies, while also raising
questions over the governor’s motive for
maligning his personality.
The letter titled, ‘Re: Oyo State publication in the
Nigerian Tribune of January 14, 2015 at pages
10, 11 and 12 and the Nation Newspaper at
pages 7, 56 and 57 captioned N500 million EFCC
refund by Ladoja: Face of Ladoja, the serial liar-
demand N10bn damages, retraction and
apology’, made attempt to establish Ladoja’s
innocence.
It also pointed out the holes identified in the
allegation.
Part of the letter read, “For the umpteenth time,
our client denies in its entirety the allegation by
your government that he (Ladoja) made the
refund as alleged or at all to the EFCC. Our client
demands of you to make available any document
directly tending to show that he made such
payments and for the purpose alleged, i.e., plea
bargaining.
“We reiterate that none of the documents
published so far substantiates the fact that our
client is directly involved in the allegation. We
wish to note that going by the contents of your
letters exhibited in the said publications, i.e.,
September 6, 2013; November, 2013;
November 26, 2013 and January 9, 2014.
“There is nothing to show that as of January 10,
2014, when the last letter was said to have been
received by the EFCC and till date that your
request for “revalidation”, “repatriation” and
“release” as variously requested by your
government in your said letters have been
acceded to or granted by the EFCC.
“We also note that all the aforementioned letters
are at your instance and none was at the
instance of the EFCC in order to know that any of
your requests was granted at all. Could it have
been that the non-inclusion of the EFCC’s letters
was a deliberate act or omission on the part of
government?
“Your Excellency, we have the authority of our
client to specifically request you to produce to
the reading public the paper, where our client
“spelt out how he spent the proceeds of Oyo
State money”, particularly the shares of his
wives, children, cronies and himself. Take notice
sir, that failure to act as requested above, we
have the instruction of our client to seek redress
in court.”
In his reaction, Adedayo said, “We will meet him
in court. The world will soon know the quality
that many Nigerian leaders are made of. Shortly,
we will reveal the real Ladoja to the whole world.”

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