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The Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon Olakunle Oluomo, was arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, at the Lagos airport.

Information gathered showed that the Speaker’s arrest was not unconnected with an ongoing probe in the Assembly, according to Daily Post NG.

Oluomo was arrested over alleged misappropriation of public funds and other related financial offences.

The EFCC on Thursday morning nabbed the Ogun Speaker at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Ikeja, Lagos State following a tip-off.

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The Speaker himself had in June 2021 reportedly confirmed that the EFCC was probing the assembly over alleged financial misappropriation.

The EFCC was said to have written to the assembly, seeking information on all budget appropriations and allocations of the House from May 30, 2015, to 2021.

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A yet-to-be-identified person had petitioned the EFCC, accusing the Speaker and some other officials of financial infractions, as per Daily Post reports.

It was also learnt that invites by the EFCC to the Speaker and other members of the legislature were not honoured, except for the former Deputy Speaker, Dare Kadiri, who visited the EFCC office in Lagos and raised the alarm that his signature was forged to siphon up to N50million.

In moves to stop the probe, Oluomo and other members of the house (except Kadiri) reportedly dragged the EFCC to court.

In their prayers, they sought an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the EFCC from taking further steps including but not limited to inviting, interrogating, imposing obligations, and demanding or requiring their attendance in connection with the criminal allegation made against them.

They stated that their request to the EFCC to provide them a copy of the petition against the house was not granted by the anti-graft agency; hence they were left with no option but to sue the EFCC and Hon. Kadiri, whom they alleged as “using an official of the anti-graft agency to get information given to the agency under confidentiality leaked with the purpose of smearing the image of the House in the media.”

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