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ACN Councillor lives in America, collects Salary in Nigeria

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They are alleging that since he was inaugurated for a second term, he has been “living large” in the United States of America and yet collecting his salaries and allowances as a councillor in Nigeria.

Olufemi Oluseyi Onisarutu, a two-time councillor in Somolu Local Government Area of Lagos State has always been in the eye of the storm.
After the drama in 2007 when residents alleged that Onisarutu was imposed on the people of Ward B in Somolu Local Government Area by a his godfather, who is also his uncle, this time the residents are alleging a more grievous offense.

They are alleging that since he was inaugurated for a second term, he has been “living large” in the United States of America and yet collecting his salaries and allowances as a councillor in Nigeria.

Onisarutu’s alleged absence from his official duties has become a cause for concern and is causing tension among councillors in Somolu LGA, who cannot explain his whereabouts.
In an earlier complaint, the people of Ward B stated that Onisarutu should not have been sworn in as their councillor since he does not reside in Somolu but on Olateju Street, which is in Mushin.
A source in Somolu, who does not want his name in print, said: “Can you imagine the Somolu LGA paying an absentee councillor his monthly salary and other entitlements while the councillor is in the United States of America with his family after winning a visa lottery since 2011?
“You can imagine now that for three years, Olufemi has been receiving his salary as a councillor in Nigeria whereas he has not been on ground.
“His account is with Skye Bank.
“Also, apart from the fact that the councillor is paid, so so-called elders of the Action Congress of Nigeria are aiding and abetting him after sharing part of his salary and entitlements.
“As if that was not enough, the Somolu council chairman recently purchased some vehicles and allocated them to the councillors and some political office holders.
“Can you imagine that the family of the absentee councillor also got his boot yon his behalf?
“Initially, they gave him a medical exemption letter for three months but this has run into years.
“Those who complained and asked questions on the nature of his illness were ‘silenced’.”
Another source added: “Recently, members of his (Onisarutus) family came to move his own car away from where it was parked at the council.
“Some days to the last local government election, Onisarutu flew into town and left the third day after he was fraudulently declared the winner of the election.
“He also came for the verdict of the tribunal, after which he has not been to Nigeria but continues to receive money through criminal connivance with the ACN.
The residents of Ward B have started the process of recalling him.”
A stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity, said: “Since this councillor became a councillor for the second term, through rigging, he has not performed his official duty up to 10 days in office.
“If a member of PDP or any other party has done that, the ACN would have cried foul.
“After the last local government election, the guy relocated to the United States and only came once to collect his backlog of salaries.
“So this is what is happening in Somolu Local Government Area and nothing is going to happen since this is what the ACN does as they are in charge in Lagos State.”

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