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You can’t prosecute me for fraud – Ondo Speaker tells EFCC

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Ondo State House of Assembly Speaker, Mr. Bamidele Oloyeloogun, has informed the state High Court in Akure, the state capital, that the EFCC cannot prosecute him for alleged corrupt practices following his arraignment over the alleged misappropriation of N2.4 million belonging to the state assembly.

Along with Bankole Felemu-Gudu, another member, and Olusegun Kayode, an assembly employee, Oloyeloogun is being tried. The legislator and the public worker were meant to attend a seminar, but according to allegations, they did not, and the speaker is suspected of authorizing payment for it.

Oloyeloogun’s attorney, Mr. Femi Emodamori, argued in court that the EFCC could not prosecute his client for fraud because the state already had its own Public Complaint Financial Crimes and Anti-Corruption Commission Law, which Governor Rotimi Akeredolu signed into law in January of this year.

Emodamori pointed out that since the state had its own set of laws and since his clients were accused of committing financial crimes using state resources, the EFCC should refrain from prosecuting the matter.

Counsel for the EFCC, Mr Fredrick Dibang, objected to this, saying the court had jurisdiction because the law enacted by the state assembly was contrary to the acts of the National Assembly that established the EFCC.

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Justice Adegboyega Adebusoye fixed the hearing for the objection and counter-objection to November 25, 2022, after listening to the arguments. 

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Tijani Pepper is a news reporter at Panel News, and gistreportar. He is a passionate journalist in Politics, Sports development and investigative journalism.
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