Officers and men of the Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps have accused the executives of the Command’s Staff Cooperative Society of embezzling a sum of N300million meant for their welfare officers.
To this end, the concerned officers have written a Save our Soul letter to the Commandant-General of the Corps, Mr. Abdullahi Gana Muhammed, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission to look into the matter and probe the executive of the command’s cooperative society .
Some of the concerned officers, on condition of anonymity, lamented to our correspondent that the state command of the Corps had done nothing to bring the perpetrators to book, neither did the national headquarters had done anything about the matter in spite of series of letters to them on the development.
It was gathered that the leadership of the command’s cooperative society had allegedly involved in so many atrocities which included granted themselves and their loyalists in the command excess loans as well as involving in land racketeering.
As a result of the alleged financial misappropriation by the executives, an investigation revealed that the cooperative society of the command is currently in a state of comatose and liquidation
A concerned officer said, ” the executive went ahead to access a loan of N300,000,000 from a branch of First Bank in Akure, with the collaboration of the manager of the bank, and a civilian, using fictitious names and accounts of the people that were not members of the Corps without notifying the Congress which is against the bye law of the NSCDC Cooperative Society.”
It was however gathered that the state command of the Corps had acted on the matter by arresting the perpetrators last year but after a while, they were released and since then, noting had happened.
“The way the matter is being handled shows that our bosses want to sweep the matter under the carpet that is why we don’t want to keep quiet, this is not supposed to be happening in a law enforcement organization, this is an injustice, “another officer lamented.
In his reaction however, the Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Kayode Balogun who confirmed the development said the perpetrators had been arrested and detained at the headquarters of the command in Akure.
He said, “we are not keeping quiet about the matter, the officers concerned have been arrested, and currently they are in the cell, while the investigation is still going on” Balogun stated.