Ondo Speaker on the run

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.


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