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Ogun Speaker, Oluomo, Regains Freedom From EFCC Detention



The Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, who was arrested by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arrested (EFCC) on Thursday has been granted bail.

The anti-graft agency arrested Mr Oluomo around 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos.

A source at the Ogun Assembly disclosed that the operatives picked up Mr Oluomo to answer questions bordering on alleged financial misappropriation.

The FidelinfoNews had reported that the Speaker is currently enmeshed in a financial scandal which is currently being investigated by the anti graft agency.

After several invitations from the anti-graft agency, the assembly filed charges against the anti-graft agency and the former Deputy Speaker, Oludare Kadiri.

The Assembly accused both Mr Kadiri and the agency of connivance to witch-hunt the legislators.

Meanwhile, a source in EFCC said that the Speaker was released around midnight Friday on the condition that he returns on Monday with both the assembly clerk and the accountant.

On Thursday, the Chairman of the House Committee on Information in the Assembly, Yusuf Adejojo, said the lawmakers suspended sitting until further notice “due to one reason or the other.”

Mr Adejojo (APC, Abeokuta South I) claimed that the decision to suspend the sitting had been made before the arrest of the Speaker on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, there was a rumour that the lawmakers suspended their sitting because the Assembly mace (symbol of authority) was with the Speaker.

Phone calls to the Speaker’s line on Saturday were not picked. On Thursday and Friday, the lines were switched off.

Confirming his release, the Speaker’s media aide, Abdulgafar Adeleye, said the Speaker got home on Saturday morning.

“I am there as we speak. An unplanned praise and worship was held earlier today by his supporters and the leadership of CAN in Ifo local government,” Mr Adeleye said.

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Imo State Labour Party Gubernatorial Aspirant Found Dead



Chief Humphrey Anumudu, a Labour Party aspirant in the upcoming Governorship primaries in Imo State, has been found dead in his house.

Fidel Info reports that The aspirant died in his house in Lagos after he had returned from an LP meeting at the party national headquarters in Abuja on Friday.

A native of Mbieri Ancient Kingdom in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state, Anumudu was reportedly found dead in his house in what family sources described as a “spiritual attack.”

As a multi-billionaire businessman cum politician, he has been contesting for the governorship seat of the state since 1998.

He was said to be the true winner of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primary in the state in 1998 before the ticket was ceded to Achike Udenwa who went on to rule the state between 1999 and 2007.

Since then he had been contesting for the number one seat of the state. In 2019 he was the Zenith Labour party governorship candidate.

A close friend of the deceased said that he died around 5:30 pm on Friday.

The late politician had already paid the sum of 25 million Naira for Labour Party’s Governorship form for the November 11th 2023 Guber contest.

Chief Anumudu, a respected legal luminary and an astute politician was also the Chief Executive Officer of Globe Motors.

He contested for the Governorship election in the past under the All Progressives Grand Alliance.

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INEC Vows To Prosecute Perpetrators Of Violence In 2023 Elections



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised to prosecute perpetrators of electoral violence in the just-concluded 2023 general elections.

Fidel Info reports that The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated this on Friday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Oyekanmi said the prosecution of electoral offenders and their sponsors will curb the prevalence of violence in the nation’s elections.

He also called for the need for the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal to prosecute such offenders and their sponsors.

The INEC boss spokesman noted that if the new commission was established, electoral offenders and their sponsors would reconsider their actions.

Oyekanmi, however, said the Commission has succeeded in prosecuting a few electoral offenders, but their sponsors have been largely untouched.

He said, “Electoral violence should not be tolerated. That is why the commission has been calling for the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal, specifically to try cases related to infractions associated with elections.

“In fact, stakeholders have also been calling for this tribunal for many years, especially after the 2011 general elections. I believe strongly that if perpetrators of electoral violence and their sponsors know that they will give account for their misdeeds, they will think twice.”

“The commission has succeeded in prosecuting a few electoral offenders, but their sponsors have been largely untouched. We need to change this.”

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JUST IN: CBN Orders Banks To Circulate Cash This Weekend



As part of a coordinated effort to facilitate the circulation of banknotes of various denominations, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has confirmed the evacuation of banknotes from its vaults to commercial banks throughout the nation.

Fidel Info reports that Also, the CBN has ordered all commercial banks to be open on Saturdays and Sundays. (more…)

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