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The embattled Ogun State Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo has said that he has always been disciplined and upright in his offices following his bail by a federal high Court in Lagos.
This statement was made on Friday when the Speaker was granted bail for the alleged crimes of forgery, conspiracy and money laundering summing up to N2.4 billion.
While fielding questions from our correspondent, Oluomo maintained to say he Is innocent of the charges filled against him as he had always been a man of integrity and deligence in administrative duties.
He added that he was not in charge of the finances of the Assembly as the accounting Officer of the House was responsible for the running of costs and allowances.
He said “by law, I am not the Accounting Officer of the House, for emphasis, the House under my leadership operates only one bank account since 2019, through which running cost and allowances are paid directly into the bank accounts of individual Honourable members and staff of the House including the petitioner.
“I also like to say that the refusal to honour the initial invitation of EFCC was because of the method adopted by EFCC is against section 36 of the constitution and we challenged it in court, this is in the public domain as it was widely reported but the EFCC refused to wait for the pronouncement in that case before taking further steps, despite having joined issues with us in court.
“I have always been disciplined and upright in my position, conducts and dealings with people, I shall continue to remain myself with truth and honour as my goal. I thank everyone that showed love and concern in the last few days. Thanks and God bless you all.”
The Speaker also revealed that some of the allegations against him had been underlying since the previous administration.
In his words, “also, charges 10 and 11 are for the Eighth legislature before I became the Speaker”.
However, it was earlier developed that a federal high court in Lagos had released the trio of Ogun State Speaker, Oluomo Olakunle; The Clerk of the house, Mr. Adeyemo Adedeji and the Director of Finance for the House, Mr Samson Oladayo after meeting their bail conditions.
The trio who were arraigned by men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 11-count charge over a N2.4 billion fraud allegation bordering on money laundering.
Justice Osiagor admitted Oluomo to bail in the sun of N300m and two sureties in like sum.
The two other defendants were admitted on bail in the sum of N100m and two sureties each.
The sureties should be public servants on Grade Level 14 and should possess landed property within the jurisdiction of the court.
They must also provide a three-year tax clearance.
In view of these, the speaker, the clerk and Director of Finance had met their bail condition on Friday.
On arrival, the speaker was welcomed by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon.Akeem Balogun and Hon. Yusuf Amosun.
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