DSS grills Ogun SSG Talabi over ballot paper printing, COVID-19 fund

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The Department of State Services grilled the Secretary to Ogun State Government, Tokunbo Talabi, for five hours on Friday over recent allegations of fraud levelled against him.

A source from the secret police confirmed that Talabi was grilled at the Ogun State Command Headquarters of the DSS, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, on Friday, at 6:55 pm.

He was released afterwards on self-recognition.

Talabi’s alleged involvement with Superflux Printing Limited, located on Acme Road, Ikeja, Lagos State, has in recent times come under close scrutiny

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, had submitted a petition to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Code of Conduct Bureau, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, demanding a thorough investigation into the link between the Independent National Electoral Commission and a printing company believed to be owned by Talabi during the last elections.

The petition accused Talabi and his alleged company Superflux of printing excess ballot papers and manipulating the March 18 governorship election in the state in favour of Governor Dapo Abiodun.

But the source told Punch that the agency grilled the SSG on a petition lodged by Talabi himself on the allegations.

The source stated that the DSS state command initiated the inquiry to ascertain the veracity of some allegations against Talabi on ballot papers printing among others.

The source further said that among the issues addressed during the questioning was his alleged role of Superflux Printing Limited in the Covid-19 palliative controversy.

The DSS was also said to have asked Talabi questions on the company’s connection to significant sums of money related to Ogun State and its role in the 2023 elections.

It was gathered that the allegations raised concerns about the potential impact on the credibility of the upcoming elections.

The source, however, assured the general public of the command’s commitment to a thorough and meticulous investigation.

He said the agency seeks to unravel the complex web of allegations surrounding Talabi and his association with Superflux Printing Limited.

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