EFCC slams 11-count money laundering charges on Ogun Speaker, three others

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed an 11-count charge against the embattled Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, and three others for money laundering, stealing, forgery, and conspiracy.

According to the anti-graft agency, the charges will be presented at the Federal High Court in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Monday by Rotimi Oyedepo, the Lagos Head of Legal Monitoring Unit.

The EFFC noted some of the charges in a statement on its website, such as Count 1 which reads:

“that you Oluomo Olakunle Taiwo, Oladayo Samuel, Adeyemo Adedeji Taiwo and Adeyanju Nimota Amoke (now at large) sometimes in 2019 in Abeokuta within the jurisdiction of this honorable Court conspired amongst yourselves to use the total sum of N2,475,000,000,000.00 (Two Billion, Four Hundred and Seventy Five Million Naira) which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of your unlawful activity to wit: stealing from the treasury of Ogun State House of Assembly and you thereby committed an offence contrary to sections 18 (a), 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.”

On September 1, at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Ikeja, Lagos, EFCC agents detained Oluomo on suspicion of offenses that may have been considered financial crimes.

He was brought to the agency’s Ikoyi office for questioning before being transported by plane to Abuja later that day.

The following day, he was released on bail but was expected to return to the Lagos office of the commission on Monday, September 5, with other officials of the State House of Assembly, including the clerk and accountant for further questioning.

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