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N2.9 Billion Fraud: Again, Ogun Speaker’s Trial Adjourned

speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo

For the second time since his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in Lagos, the trial of the Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Kunle Oluomo, has again been adjourned.

Mr Oluomo was first docked before the Federal High Court in Lagos where he secured bail after he was arrested by the anti-graft agency at the airport last September. The case was later transferred to Ogun State.

The trial at the Federal High Court in Ogun was initially scheduled for 21st November 2022 but was stalled due to pre-election matters

On Monday, the trial was postponed again with no formal reason given publicly. When asked for the reason for the postponement, one of the EFCC lawyers who did not wait to give his name said, “the registrar will tell you the reason.”

An official of the court, who asked not to be named, however, said the trial was postponed because the presiding judge, Joyce Abdulmalik, said she was ill.

The adjournment was quietly communicated to lawyers and other parties by court officials around 10:42 a.m.

For the second time since his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in Lagos, the trial of the Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Kunle Oluomo, has again been adjourned.

Mr Oluomo was first docked before the Federal High Court in Lagos where he secured bail after he was arrested by the anti-graft agency at the airport last September. The case was later transferred to Ogun State.

The trial at the Federal High Court in Ogun was initially scheduled for 21st November 2022 but was stalled due to pre-election matters

On Monday, the trial was postponed again with no formal reason given publicly. When asked for the reason for the postponement, one of the EFCC lawyers who did not wait to give his name said, “the registrar will tell you the reason.”

An official of the court, who asked not to be named, however, said the trial was postponed because the presiding judge, Joyce Abdulmalik, said she was ill.

The adjournment was quietly communicated to lawyers and other parties by court officials around 10:42 a.m.

The EFCC said the Speaker and the three others – Oladayo Samuel, Adeyemo Taiwo and Adeyanju Nimota-Amoke – laundered over N2 billion of public funds among themselves.

The EFCC further said the act is against the provision of Sections 18 (a), 15 (2) (d) of Nigeria’s Money Laundering Prohibition Act and is punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

The anti-graft agency has also quizzed and charged the speaker for another missing N900 million public funds allegedly embezzled by the defendants.

PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively reported how Mr Oluomo allegedly forged fueling stations’ receipts allegedly with the intention to syphon public funds. Premium Times

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