The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Tuesday arraigned the Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun, over allegations of fraud.
Naija News understands that the lawmaker was made to appear today before a High Court sitting at the Olokuta Correctional Centre, Akure, the state capital.
Though journalists were prevented from gaining access to the courtroom by officials of the Olokuta Correctional Centre, the trial was subsequently stalled.
It was noted that the trial could not continue due to the absence of counsels to the anti-graft agency.
Trouble started with Oleyelogun in March 2021 after the EFCC detained him over petitions regarding his involvement in an alleged N2.4 million seminar fraud that rocked the assembly, Naija News reports.
Also invited and detained alongside the Speaker by the EFCC were the lawmaker representing Akoko South West I in the House, Felemu Bankole; the former Clerk of the Assembly, Mr Bode Adeyelu; and three other staff.
According to Daily Post, counsel to EFCC, Dibang Frederick, told journalists after the stalled trial today that another date of adjournment had been picked for the arraignment of Oleyelogun for the legal team to be fully prepared.
According to Dibang, charges against the Speaker will be made available during the next adjournment date.
Meanwhile, Kano State government has been ordered to apologize to the former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi for banishing him to Awe, Nasarawa State after his dethronement on March 9, 2020.
The directive was handed down on Tuesday, 30th November 2021 by Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court in Abuja while delivering judgement on a case before her bordering on Sanusi’s dethronement and subsequent banishment from Kano State by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
Justice Chikere held that the action of the Kano State government was not only unlawful, but also a violation of the human rights of Sanusi as contained in Section 34 of Nigeria’s constitution.
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