Ondo Speaker arraigned over fraud allegations

Bamidele Oleyelogun, the Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, was charged with fraud on Tuesday, Nov. 30 in an Ondo State High Court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arraigned Oleyelogun in the High Court sitting at the Olokuta Correctional Centre in Akure, the state capital.

The trial was halted, however, due to the EFCC’s lack of representation.

The EFCC detained the Speaker in March 2021 in response to petitions alleging his involvement in a N2.4 million seminar fraud that shook the parliament.

The legislator representing Akoko South West I in the House, Felemu Bankole; the former Clerk of the Assembly, Mr. Bode Adeyelu; and three other employees were also invited and held by the EFCC alongside the Speaker.

Speaking with newsmen on phone, counsel to EFCC, Dibang Frederick, disclosed that another date of adjournment had been picked for the arraignment of Oleyelogun in order for the legal team to be fully prepared.

According to Dibang, charges against the Speaker will be made available during the next adjournment date.

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