Nigerian Concord Newspaper
Documents linking Mrs Monisola Susan Ogundare who is the chairperson of the Ekiti state chapter of the Police Officers Wives Association, POWA to a multi-million naira have been unraveled.
According to one of the documents, the accused who has been petitioned by a group of insiders identified as Team Independent Investigation was involved in shady dealings and misappropriation of funds of the association running into millions of naira.
The petition sent to the National President of POWA, Mrs Elizabeth Egbetokun, a copy which was obtained by Nigerian Concord Newspaper
accused Mrs Ogundare of stripping POWA of its assets and converting them into personal gains.
The petition however urged the National president of POWA, Mrs Egbetokun to
conduct a “thorough” investigation into the allegations and as well help the association to recover all its looted funds and assets which had been stolen by Mrs Ogundare.
Ogundare was accused of improper allocation of resources designated for the betterment of POWA and its beneficiaries, an action they said contradicted the principles and regulations of the association.
She was also accused of diversion of funds intended for POWA into her account and the sale of land designated for a carwash.
According to the petition, the Ekiti POWA chairperson sold a parcel of land designated for a carwash facility, adding that the land was supposed to generate revenue to support the needy and underprivileged within POWA and PWA.
“Regrettably, Mrs Ogundare sold each parcel of land at a rate of five hundred and fifty thousand naira, culminating in a total of two million seven hundred and seventy- five thousand naira (N2,775,000,).
“She originally promised to utilize the proceeds to procure a bus for POWA, but the funds were allegedly redirected to her personal account. To date, neither the bus nor the amount generated from the land sales has not been accounted for,” the petition said in part.
On the acquisition of property in Odo Ado and Ologede, the petitioners alleged that the property belonged to members of the Police Officers’ Wives Association (POWA) in Ekiti State.
“Some POWA members in Ekiti State have not received any benefits from the association but have paid for the approval of the space at Odo Ado at the state level, only waiting for the chairperson to come before the project can be carried out.
“Mrs. Ogundare Susan cunningly acquired these properties for herself and refused to return the six hundred and fifty thousand (N650,000) naira which members contributed for approval at the state level.
“Furthermore, she has not remitted any proceeds from these properties to the POWA account. She has not provided any evidence of the national approval that she claimed to have sought, nor has she returned the N650,000 she received for it. The 10 shops she built, five in Odo Ado and five in Ologede, have been converted into her personal properties rather than being designated for POWA in Ekiti State,” they further alleged.
They, therefore, asked Mrs. Ogundare to return the two shops she reportedly acquired and then sold out.
“These shops were originally meant for the POWA association and were built by her predecessor. She must restore the rightful ownership of these projects by reverting them to the POWA association in Ekiti State without any further delay.
“We are begging her to return six hundred and fifty thousand (N650,000) naira that the members paid for approval in Ekiti state lands and housing since she has already used the approval for her project.
“Additionally, we request that Mrs. Ogundare remit the money she collected from the sale of the carwash parcel of land amounting to N2.7 million to the Ekiti POWA account immediately.
“She should also remit all the money collected from philanthropists like Are Afe Babalola, and Tpumpin, among others. This money belongs to the POWA Association of Ekiti State.
“In anticipation of a prompt and fair resolution, we have prepared a hard copy of the evidence to be submitted to the relevant authorities. This is to ensure that, if required, a thorough independent investigation can be conducted to ascertain the truth behind these allegations.
“We urge you to treat this matter as a priority, as addressing it promptly will not only restore faith in POWA’s leadership but also prevent any further damage caused by potential wrongdoing,” the team appealed.