BENIN CITY – The Edo House of Assembly on Monday removed Mr .Patrick Aguinede, the suspended chairman of Esan West local government council over unremitted internally generated revenue(IGR)
The removal of Aguinede followed the consideration of the report of the panel of enquiry constituted by governor Godwin Obaseki to investigate allegations of fraud levelled against the chairman.
The report of the panel of enquiry was on Monday forwarded to the house by the governor.
The Leader of the House,Hon.Roland Asoro moved for the house to resolve into the committee of the whole to consider the report.
The motion was seconded by Hon. Emmanuel Okoduwa, member representing Esan North East 11 constituency.
Considering the report at the committee of the whole, the panel report stated the chairman presented fake figures to the panel
The panel also found the chairman wanting for under remitting the council IGR into the state government coffers.
According to the panel, Aguinede was remitting N4.5 million , within the period he was suspended, the council remitted N7.6 million.
The report, however, noted that the Acting Chairman of the council, between October 7 and October 30 remitted N9.1 million IGR to the state government.
The report stated that the difference in the amount generated in the council revealed that Aguinede was under remitting the council IGR.
The panel therefore recommended that the chairman be removed from office having been found culpable of the allegations
The house after deliberations, adopted the recommendation of the panel and removed the chairman from office.
The speaker,Rt.Hon. Francis Okiye thereafter directed that clean copies of resolution be sent to governor.
Also at plenary, the house summoned the chairman of the the state Internal Revenue Service, Mr lgbinidu Inneh and the commissioner for finance to appear before the House committee of selection on January 6.