Traders in Computer Village, Lagos, have backtracked, saying Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, the Iyaloja-General of Lagos, is not involved in any form of oppression and injustice in the market.
Ademola Olaifa, Public Relations Officer, Computer and Allied Product Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN), had in an interview with Newsbreak in May, accused Tinubu-Ojo of making life unbearable for traders in the market with the influence of her father.
“We want the government to tell the iyaloja general herself, Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, that enough is enough. She should not come and destroy computer village. We have built this market for over 20 years and we’ve been enjoying peace with the host community. Installing this iyaloja and babaloja has brought sorrow and backwardness to the market and community.
“We know this matter has been politicized. We are looking for someone, most especially the Jagaban, because he is the only person whose name is being dropped. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo is dropping Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu’s name to perpetrate evil as the leader of Lagos State,” Olaifa had said.
However, in a release made available to this medium, titled: “Iyaloja General Chief Mrs Folashade Ojo Has No Hand In Illegal Levy In Computer Village Ikeja”, the PRO said Tinubu-Ojo is not involved in the levy being imposed on the traders.
He said Azeez Bisola Raolat and Olasoji Adeniyi, the iyaloja and babaloja of the market are responsible for oppressing the traders.
Olaifa denounced reports that Tinubu-Ojo demanded N5 million from the traders to reopen the market last month, which was widely reported in the media.
The PRO also accused Raolat of financial misappropriation as CAPDAN auditor for more than 12 years.
According to him, Raolat and Adeniyi act like emperor to unleash terror on business operators and customers at the ICT hub.
“The recent publications on prints, electronics and online media, that Chief Folashade Tinubu-Ojo the Iyaloja General, levied computer village and used her father’s name to influence and actualize her demand were untrue and unfounded,” he said in the statement.
“The iyaloja and Babaloja referred to in the publications were Miss Azeez Bisola Raolat and Mr Olasoji Adeniyi. The Iyaloja and Babaloja of Computer Village.
“Since the installations were made on May 11 2019, the installed Iyaloja and Babaloja have been dragging the name of Chief Mrs. Tinubu Ojo and her family into mud. They dropped her names at every door steps of authorities to whip settlement in order to pervade justice.
“Miss. Azeez Bisola Raolat was the auditor for computers and allied products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) for over Twelve Years and was indicted for financial misappropriation also she was the auditor for the Ogunbiyi Community Development Association together with Mr. Olasoji Adeniyi as the Chairman for Five Years without proper accountability.
“At the peak of the recent crisis in computer village our engagement with Mrs Folasade Tinubu Ojo, shows she is a woman of humility and wisdom. I wish to emphasis that there no time that Chief Mrs. Folashade Tinubu Ojo demanded for any payment from Computer Village nor use her influence to intimidate business operators or the residents. At no time did Chief Mrs. Folashade Tinubu Ojo shut down the computer village neither demanded N5 million to reopen the business community.”
Raolat, however, laughed off the allegations in a telephone conversation with our correspondent.
She described the report of embezzlement as a lie, saying auditors do not have access to hold physical cash.
“They are bunch of liars. Let him give you proof. They first said the iyaloja has never been a member of any association in the market. They said I sell pepper. Now they are saying I served as CAPDAN auditor for 12 years,” she stated.
“As an auditor, am I a signatory to any account? Was I the treasurer that kept money? As an auditor, did I have access to any association fund? It is just one of the lies they have been telling before. If someone is indicted for misappropriation, there should be a court case or police involvement, or a letter indicting the person for misappropriation.
“These people are liars. We told them to pay N1, 000 per month for security, environmental and management, they said it is N1,000 per day. They also said Folashade asked them to be bringing N5 million daily. I couldn’t be bothered by their lies.”