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I’ll honour invite from Oyo anti-graft agency, says Makinde

By Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
23 December 2020   |   2:59 am
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has said that he will appear and defend himself before Oyo State Anti-Corruption Agency (OYACA) if anyone reports him to the agency.

Seyi Makinde

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has said that he will appear and defend himself before Oyo State Anti-Corruption Agency (OYACA) if anyone reports him to the agency.

Makinde stated this while inaugurating members of the agency at the Executive Council Chamber, Governor’s Office, Ibadan.

The governor implored residents of the state to take advantage of the anti-graft agency to report any civil or public officer demanding any form of gratification to render services.

He sternly warned against all forms of corrupt practices in the state, insisting that the state must become a worthy reference across the country.

Affirming that his administration remained committed to sanitising the public sector from all forms of corruption, he noted that those in service were called to serve not to steal.

While imploring members of the agency to be committed to the mandate assigned to them, the governor explained that the agency would function without executive interference.

“We are sending out a clear message here. In Oyo State, we have zero tolerance for corruption. So, any person elected, employed or engaged in any capacity in the public or civil service in Oyo, who accepts or promises to accept money, gifts, or any other reward for rendering service to members of the public, would be investigated and made to face the full wrath of the law.

“It will no longer be business as usual. I trust that members of OYACA will do all in their power to ensure that all matters brought to their attention are judiciously handled. There are to be no sacred cows. Anyone who runs foul of this law should be persecuted swiftly.”

The agency is headed by the former president of the state’s Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Eni Esan (rtd.), with Ibrahim Tijani (secretary), Temitope Ayorinde, Oyebade Oyedapo, Esther Olapade, Ihindero Lawrence, AS Asaolu as members.

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