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Pyrates Reject Ogun Assembly Plenary Suspension Following Speaker’s Trial

The National Association of Seadogs, aka Pyrates Confraternity, Ash Montana Deck, challenged the suspension of the Ogun State House of Assembly for the trial of the President, Olakunle Oluomo, for alleged financial fraud.

Oluomo was arrested last week on Thursday by officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at Murtala Muhammad Airport in Lagos on allegations of corruption.

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Our correspondent reports that as soon as the news of his arrest filtered through, the legislator suspended the session for an indefinite period.

Oluomo was brought before a Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday, for allegedly embezzling 2.5 billion naira belonging to the Assembly.

Other defendants alongside the president were the Clerk of the House, Taiwo Adeyemo, and Oladayo Samuel, the Director of Finance.

In a statement to Abeokuta signed by Montana Deck of NAS, Mr. Ayodele Adebesin, the Association expressed dismay at the suspension of sittings of the legislative arm of the state government, describing it as a breach of trust.

“As an organization monitoring and promoting good governance and democratic development, we are appalled to learn that the state legislature is closed following the arrest of the president by a legitimate government agency while the constitution is clear on what should be done in the absence of the senior officer when there is a vice president.

“We view this as a breach of the social contract and warrant a disrespect to people in different constituencies who place legislative trust in legislators. The suspension of legislative activities due to allegations of corruption against a member of the house is a corruptible solidarity without circumspection and an expression of disdain and disrespect towards the structure of government and the good people of Ogun State” , did he declare.

The association asked the assembly “to resume its sessions immediately and to present an unqualified apology to the good people of the State whom they have promised to serve”.

The body also called on the House “to allow the EFCC to take full and proper action against any officers believed to have been implicated in the previous allegations to cleanse the legislature of the unsavory stain”.