The Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed an 11-count charge of conspiracy, forgery, and stealing against the Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, and three others.
The charge was filed by the EFFC’s Lagos Head of Legal Monitoring Unit, Rotimi Oyedepo at the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Count 1 of the charge 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 offense 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.
The Commission says it intends to call at least 10 witnesses to testify and tender documents and exhibits.
The list of witnesses includes Adamu Usman Yusuf, Otitoju Moses Kolawale, Yazid Ahmad Bawa, Anyanwu Bright, Adekunbi Mojibola, Munkaila Huzaifa and Idowu Oluseyi Olarenwaju.
Others are representatives of Ashkash Nigeria limited, representatives of Obasanjo Holdings Limited (managers of NNPC Mega Station), and representatives of Gateway Bank limited.
A source at the EFCC who did not want his name in print also confirmed to our correspondent that the commission will follow up tomorrow, Monday, with an application in Abeokuta for the case to be heard this week at the Federal High Court Lagos by the vacation judge.
The EFCC had earlier released the Speaker of the Ogun state on bail. He is however expected to return back to the Lagos office of the commission tomorrow, Monday with other officials of the State House of Assembly, especially the clerk and accountant for further questioning.