Met Police Confirms Arrest Of Ajimobi's Wife… As Governor Sues Media Coy
The Metropolitan Police has confirmed the arrest of Florence Ajumobi, wife of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state for allegedly being in possession of the equivalent of N500 million foreign currencies, just few months after another
governor, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state, was arrested and detained in the United Kingdom for money laundering.
Meanwhile, Governor Ajimobi has denied the allegation, and described it as the handiwork of his detractor. In addition the governor on Tuesday sued the Independent Communications Network Limited, publishers of TheNEWS and PM NEWS for N1 billion for breaking the news.
The two governors who are members of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) which party recently suffered defeat in the hands of the Labour Party (LP) in the governorship election held in Ondo state have allegedly portrayed ACN in bad light.
While the Oyo state government kept mum over the issue, the Metropolitan Police has failed to give details due of the UK laws, even as confirmed the arrest Mrs. Ajimobi, adding that charges are already being prepared against her.
Huhuonline.com has learnt that Mrs. Ajimobi was kept for several days before she contacted her husband who immediately flew to the UK to stand as surety for her since he was qualified as a result of his governorship position.
Before her eventual arrest, according to verifiable sources, the governor's wife had reportedly jetted out of the Nigeria 51 times within a year and five months but was reportedly arrested on her 52nd trip outside the country while her husband has also been accused of embarking on 42 trips outside the country for both personal and official purposes within the same period earning him the nickname: the Flying Governor.
Sources within the Oyo state government confirmed that the governor and his wife had been travelling at every given opportunity, leading to suspicion that most of the travelling had been for the purpose of laundering state funds.
"This has confirmed our suspicion that the governor and his wife had engaged in too many journey outside Nigeria while the state wallows in poverty and underdevelopment.
"Many residents of Ibadan have begun to regret making that decision to vote for Ajimobi in the last election, but given the circumstances at that period, it would have been difficult not to vote for him."
A staff of the state Ministry of Information on Tuesday disclosed that the governor's wife has returned to the UK to face charges that may be preferred against her after staying a week in Nigeria, being the grace period given her to return to the UK.
It was also learnt that Mrs. Ajimobi had kept a low profile throughout the one week she was in Nigeria cancelling several appointments and engagements.
The source asked: "why would she and her husband not do what they like when the man gets over N100 million monthly as security votes? There is also the information that all the Local Government councils in the state make certain per cent of their monthly allocation available to the state government which the administration always claim is used for projects which mostly are unverified."
Huhuonline.com further learnt that immediately he became the governor, the First Lady became the contractor for the state with the state allocating most of its contract including the beautification project of the state, to her.
Mrs. Florence is alleged to have influenced the relocation of the Oyo State Action Committee on AIDS (SACA) to her office from the Ministry of Health, thereby managing the funds that come in to the committee through her office.
She also allegedly engaged the services of Chief Wole Olanipekun and two other lawyers who are already getting set for the case and would be travelling to the UK to stand for her while her husband is expected to return to the country.
Findings by Huhuonline.com on Tuesday, however revealed that Governor Ajimobi has filed a legal suit against the Independent Communications Network Limited, publishers of TheNEWS and PM NEWS for N1 billion over Tuesday's report that his wife, Florence, was arrested by the Metropolitan Police for being in possession of hard currencies totalling N500 million.
In a statement made available to Huhuonline.com by a media aide to the governor, Dr. Festus Adedayo, described the report as frivolous and sponsored by the opposition in the state to derail the administration's people-oriented policies.
The statement which lamented the role of the opposition in the state by engaging in falsehood, disclosed that the suit would enable the media outfit give details of the report to the court and the world.
"Mrs. Ajimobi was never arrested for any offence whatsoever. Even though our investigations have shown that this is the work of some arrowheads of the opposition, it was done in such an amateurish way that beats the imagination of any responsible reader."