Tuesday 25 April 2023

Ondo Speaker, 2 others arraigned over alleged Fraud

The Ondo State House Of Assembly Speaker, Bamidele Oloyeloogun has on Tuesday arraigned before the state High Court in Akure, by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) over alleged misappropriation of public funds.

Alongside Oleyelogun in the alleged fraud, were the lawmaker representing Akoko South-West Constituency 2, Felemu Bankole and a civil servant Segun Oyadeyi Bankole also appeared before the court.

The offenders were docked on a two-count charged involving fraud and mismanagement of public resources.

Even though they had pleaded not guilty, the counsel to the EFCC, Kingsley Kudus asked the court to remand the defendants at the Olokuta Correctional Facility, while counsel to the defendants, Femi Emodamore who told the court that he was fully prepared for the commencement and continuation of the trial, asked the court to strike out EFCC’s prayer for remand, adding that the administrative bail application on the defendants were still active.

Emodamore added further that the second defendant, Oleyelogun was having health challenge that needed urgent medical attention.

He also asked the court to caution the nominal complainant who is the former deputy speaker, Iroju Ogundeji in the case to stop morning his client by sending messages to him.

Justice Adegboyega Adebusoye, however, granted the defendants an administrative bail, but asked them to appear before the Court during next hearing.

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