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Court Fails To Hear N2.5bn EFCC’s Fraud Case Against Ogun Ex-Speaker

The hearing of a fraud case filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the former Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo and three others has again been stalled by the Judge’s absence.

The court headed by Justice Joyce Abdulmalik, has failed to sit for the fifth consecutive time following the absence of either the judge or the prosecuting counsel.

EFCC had dragged Oluomo and two others: Dayo Samuel and Adeyemo Adedeji before the Federal High Court sitting in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, for alleged diversion of N2.5billion.

The anti-graft agency had accused Oluomo and others of forging receipts and signatures to divert billions of naira from the legislative house.

The anti-graft agency had filed an 11-count charge bordering on forgery, conspiracy and stealing from the state treasury against the former Speaker and others.

But, the court has not been able to hear the case for different reasons.

On November 21, 2022, pre-election matters had made it impossible for the court to commence hearing of the case.

In January 2023 the matter could not be heard because the judge was reportedly indisposed.

Likewise, on March 29, 2023, the case was stalled when Justice Abdulmalik was posted out of Ogun State for post-election Tribunal duties.

Also, three months ago when the case was called, the court could not hear the case following the absence of EFCC’s counsel.

Our correspondent who was at the court on Wednesday was told the court could not sit and the case adjourned til 29th and 30th of May.

Meanwhile, the principal witness in the case who is also the former deputy speaker, Hon. Dare Kadiri told our correspondent that he had fled the country over an alleged threat to his life and that of his family members.

Kadiri said, although his lawyers will continue to attend proceedings in the matter, he has run out of the country for now.

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