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Impeached Ogun Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo arraigned for N2.5bn fraud

Oluomo and the duo were taken before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly embezzling public funds amounting to N2.5 billion

Impeached Ogun Speaker, Olukunle Oluomo

Impeached Ogun Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo arraigned for N2.5bn fraud

Olakunle Oluomo, the impeached Speaker of the Ogun House of Assembly, along with two other principal career officers of the assembly – Dayo Samuel and Adeyemo Adedeji – were arraigned on Monday before a Federal High Court situated in Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital.

Oluomo and the duo were taken before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly embezzling public funds amounting to N2.5 billion.

The embattled lawmaker allegedly committed this financial fraud while he was the Speaker of the Assembly in 2022.

Oluomo was last week removed by 18 out of 26 lawmakers over allegations bordering on financial misappropriation, highhandedness, gross misconduct, arrogance, poor leadership style, lack of focus and transparency, and pitching members against themselves.

The former Speaker has, however, described his removal as illegal, saying that he had already instituted a suit at the state high court to challenge his impeachment.

On Monday, shortly after the trio entered the dock, the court discovered that the counsel for the anti-graft agency could not make it to court.

The presiding judge, Justice Agatha Okeke, however, adjourned the case to February 29 and March 1.

The EFCC, had in September 2022, arrested and arraigned Oluomo in for allegedly embezzling N2.5 billion belonging to the Assembly. The suit number is FHC/AB/61C/2022.

Oluomo was arraigned alongside the Clerk of the House, Taiwo Adeyemo, and the Director of Finance, Oladayo Samuel.

The antigraft agency had accused the Speaker and others of forging receipts and signatures to divert billions of naira from the legislative house.

After pleading not guilty, they were granted bail and asked to submit their travel documents at the court registry.

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