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UK: Lambeth Chief Exec Dosunmu Charged For Drugs Driving Offences

A London borough chief executive, Bayo Dosunmu has been arrested and charged with driving and drug offences.

The Metropolitan Police has confirmed the arrest on Sunday 23rd June after he failed to stop at the scene of an accident.

The Met said that Dosunmu was charged with possession of a class A controlled drug, failing to stop after a road accident, driving above the proscribed alcohol limit, and using a motor vehicle in a public place without third party insurance.

Dosunmu will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 1 August

Dosunmu was appointed as Chief Executive for Lambeth in April 2022. One of his first jobs was to act as the Returning Officer for the 2022 local elections that took place across the borough.

This is a role that he was expected to take next week for the General Election across the four Westminster constituencies in the borough.

It will be up to the Mayor of Lambeth, Cllr John-Paul Ennis, to appoint an acting Returning Officer for the election counts next week.

Dosunmu’s previous position was as Deputy Chief Executive and Strategic Director for Resident Services at the Town Hall. His appointment was seen by many as being a safe pair of hands following on from the issues faced by his predecessor, Andrew Travers.

The appointment was made by Labour Councillors Claire Holland, Matthew Bennett, Jacqui Dyer and Rezina Chowdhury, along with Green Councillor Nicole Griffiths. Three candidates were interviewed.