By Suoyo Ekubo
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, arraigned the Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Oleyelogun David Bamidele and two others before Justice Adegboyega Adebusoye of the Ondo State High Court for fraud.
They were arraigned by the Benin Zonal Command of the EFCC on a two count charge bordering on conspiracy and using their office to confer corrupt or unfair advantage on themselves.
The two others are Felemu Olusegun Gudubankole, Chairman, House Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Oyadeji Oludeji, Secretary to the House Committee on Tertiary Institutions.
Oleyelogun, Gudubankole and Kayode are alleged to have conspired amongst themselves to engage in corrupt practices by receiving and retaining the sum of N2,440,000.00 which was meant for a seminar which they never attended.
They pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them, prompting the prosecution counsel , K.U.Udus to ask the court for a trial date and remand the defendants. However, counsel to the defendants, F.E. Emodamore urged the court to discountenance EFCC’s prayer and allow the defendants to continue on their administrative bail, claiming that one of the defendants had health challenge that requires medical attention.
Justice Adebusoye ruled that the defendants should continue on their administrative bail and adjourned the matter till May 18, 2023 for trial.
Meanwhile, in another related story, the Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 secured the conviction and sentencing of five internet fraudsters, before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State.
The convicts, whose ages range between 19 and 28 years are; Churchill Tam Kridi, Aniekpeno Aniekan John, Samuel Emmanuel Ngozi, Enoch Mfoniso Ofonime and Endurance Friday.
While Kridi and John were arraigned on separate one-count charge, Friday, Ofonime and Ngozi were arraigned on separate two-count charges, all bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretence.