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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos State has ordered the Ogun State House of Assembly Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo and two others to be remanded in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s custody.
Justice Daniel Osiagor gave the verdict on Tuesday over the over alleged N2.475 billion money laundering.
Osiagor ordered that they should be remanded for one week in the EFCC’s custody, adding that if they failed to meet up with the bail condition of N300m they would be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Service.
EFCC prosecuting counsel Rotimi Oyedepo told the court that the defendants, Olakunle Oluomo, Oladayo Samuel, Adeyemo Adedeji Taiwo and Adeyanju Amoke (now at large) committed the alleged offences of conspiracy, forgery, stealing and money laundering between 2019 and 2022.
Oyedepo stressed the fact that they allegedly stole the sum of N2.475bn from the treasury of Ogun State House of Assembly.
It was gathered that Mr Kehinde Ogunwunmiju, SAN, appeared for the first defendant, Akinyemi Aremu, for the second defendant and Oluwole Aladedoye for the third defendant.
The first defendant’s counsel, Ogunwunmiju SAN, informed the court that he had filed a bail application but was yet to be before the court.
Ogunwumiju urged the court to grant the first defendant bail in liberal terms, adding that Oluomo voluntarily returned to the EFCC office in Lagos on Monday, after he was granted administrative bail last Friday.
Justice Osiagor, while ruling on the bail application, admitted the first defendant to bail in the sum of N300m with two sureties in like sum; one of whom must not be less than level 16 civil servant in the federal civil service.
The second and third defendants were granted bail in the sum of N100 million each with two sureties each in like sum, one of whom must not be less than level 14 in the civil service.
The judge said all the sureties must possess landed property within the court’s jurisdiction and titled documents were to be deposited with the court’s register.
The sureties must also possess three-year tax clearance certificates and swear to an affidavit of means.
Meanwhile on September 1, the EFFC’s Lagos Head of Legal Monitoring Unit, Rotimi Oyedepo, filed the charge at the Federal High Court, in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Moreover, EFCC had earlier released the Speaker on bail. He however, returned back to the Lagos office of the commission on Monday with other officials of the State House of Assembly, especially the clerk and accountant for further questioning.
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