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Ondo Speaker Clears Air On N2.4m Seminar Fraud

The Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun
The Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun

December 04, (THEWILL) – The Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun, on Saturday said he has sufficient proof to clear himself of any misdoing in the alleged N2.4 million seminar fraud being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Speaker, who spoke with newsmen on Saturday in Akure, linked his present ordeal to the impeached deputy speaker, Ogundeji Iroju, whom he said is only chasing shadows.

On Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, it was reported that the Speaker was arraigned before an Akure High Court, sitting inside Olokuta Correctional Centre, in Akure, the state capital.

However, Oleyelogun insisted that, contrary to media reports, he was never arraigned in court by the EFCC.

He said he would do everything in his power to clear his name of any blemish, describing the allegation against him as a political prosecution, vendetta and bad blood.

He said: “Where Iroju and his cohorts got it all wrong is that I am not the accounting officer of the house. I don’t sign the Assembly’s cheque, I am not in charge of disbursement of fund, This allegation is a mere political persecution which will fail woefully.

“I did everything to make peace with Iroju. He even accused me of begging him at his residence, all I want is peace at the Assembly.

“The said fund has been returned to the Assembly’s account since the said seminar was not attended by those who are supposed to participate as a result of last year’s COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and other political issues at the Assembly.

“Iroju who is supposed to lead members to the seminar was impeached and suspended, so there is no way they could go for the seminar.

“So there is no fraud at the Assembly, the money has been returned to the House treasury in line with due process. It’s against the due process and law to return such money to the state government’s coffer as being insinuated.”

The EFCC had in March detained the former Clerk of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr. Bode Adeyelu, and three other staff, over the alleged N2.4 million seminar fraud.

Also detained with the Clerk of the Assembly was the lawmaker representing Akoko South West I, Felemu Bankole, and two staff attached to the Assembly.