Alleged fraud: Ondo Assembly Speaker, others arraigned in court

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), arraigned the speaker, Ondo State House of Assembly, Bamidele Oleyeloogun before the state High Court in Akure on Tuesday, over alleged fraud.

The arraignment marked the begining of the official trial of the head of the state legislature.

Also arraigned before the court, were the lawmaker representing Akoko South-West Constituency 2, Felemu Bankole and a civil servant, Segun Oyadeyi Bankole.

The Speaker alongside others were brought before the court on two-count charge involving fraud.

They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against them.

During the trial, counsel to the EFCC, Kingsley Kudus, asked the court to remand the defendants at the Olokuta Correctional Facility, even though they had pleaded not guilty, the defendants were still in the hands of the court while the trial continues.

Reacting, counsel to the defendants, Femi Emodamori 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, saying the administrative bail application on the defendants were still active.

He explained that the second defendant (Oleyelogun) was battling with health challenges that needed urgent medical attention.

Emodamori also asked the court to caution the nominal complainant in the case (Iroju Ogundeji), for allegedly sending messages to the speaker in an attempt to annoy him.

According to him, if Ogundeji did not desist from such action, he would be prosecuted as his actions towards the speaker is against the law.

In his ruling, Justice Adegboyega Adebusoye ordered the defendants to continue enjoying their administrative bail till the hearing of the matter slated for May 18, 2023.

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