Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly Jumoke Akindele on Wednesday escaped arrest over allegations of administering the oath of office on two members without Certificates of Return.
House Clerk, Bode Adeyelu, was however, not so lucky. Police from the Federal Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) in Abuja arrested him.
It was also learnt that the police detectives also arrested the two lawmakers, Messes Abayomi Akinruntan and Malachi Coker representing Ilaje 1 and 11 State Constituencies of the state, who were sworn in without Certificates of Return.
It was gathered that the two lawmakers that were allegedly sworn–in illegally on June 1, had earlier been invited to the Force Headquarters for interrogation over the matter.
Policemen from the FCID, Abuja, it was gathered, had concluded investigation into the alleged fraudulent oath administered on the two lawmakers by the clerk, last Thursday.
The investigation, sources said had been delayed till last week to enable the clerk make his statement, which he eventually did last Wednesday but failed to appear before the police on Monday as promised.
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr. Segun Agbaje and the two returning officers for Ilaje I and II in the April 11 House of Assembly election, Daily Sun gathered, had also been invited by the police for interrogation.
The police were acting on a petition addressed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) by Ondo State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) through its lawyer, Mr. Charles Titiloye, that the speaker and the clerk allegedly conspired to fraudulently swear in Akinruntan and Coker, without the Certificates of Return by INEC.
Contacted on the development last night, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the state Police Command, Mr. Wole Ogodo, said he was not aware of the development.