A Kogi-based anti-corruption group, Kogi Grassroot Conscience, (KGC) has raised an alarm that the Kogi State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barrister Ndamodu Ali, is corruptly enriching himself with allocations meant for local governments in the state.
In an email sent to SavidNews Nigeria, the group alleged that Ndamodu fleeced the local councils when Liaison Officers held sway which hampered their performances in the respective local governments. It will be recalled that the Liaison Officers had serious financial challenges and were unable to meet expectations of constituents and even failed to meet up with routine council responsibilities.
“When the Liaison Officers were dissolved by His Excellency, Captain Idris Wada, the DLGs were directed to take over the administration of their respective local councils. Ndamodu Ali caged the DLGs and siphoned over N300million from their allocation”, the group alleged.
With the election and swearing-in of Local Government Chairmen, the group claimed that Ndamodu is still ‘toying’ with local government allocations to the chagrin of the council executives.
“The present crop of Local Government helmsmen in Kogi State are made up of seasoned professionals ranging from medical doctors to A-rated businessmen. These men are keen to transform their respective local councils but the dubious activities of Ndamodu Ali is hampering their goals”
The Commissioner is presently enmeshed in a scandal that can only be rivalled by a Hollywood movie. Apart from the massive corruption being perpetrated under his leadership of the ministry of Local Government, He is equally running a prostitution ring that recruit young girls for politicians.
In his bid to satisfy his unquenchable thirst for women, he recently got married to a girl three days after he met her at a function. The marriage later turned disastrous for Ndamodu as the Lady, by name Maryam, stole a bag of Ghana-must-go containing millions of looted local Government funds.
The commissioner consequently packed Maryam’s property out of the apartment he reserved for her at the commissioners quarters Lokoja. Maryam reported Ndamodu at the Police Headquarters in Lokoja for assault and he was subsequently detained for two days.
“As a grassroot anti-corruption watchdog, we make bold to say that Local governments in Kogi State do not get their complete allocation! The commissioner for local government and chieftaincy is milking these councils and must be stopped NOW!”
“We will no longer accept ‘paucity of funds’ as an excuse for non-performance from local governments in Kogi State.