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Court grants Ogun Assembly speaker N300m bail


Olakunle Oluomo, the speaker of the Ogun House of Assembly who was arraigned over alleged N2.5bn money laundering charges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, has been granted an N300m bail by a federal high court sitting in Lagos. 

Justice Daniel Osiagor granted Oluomo bail on Tuesday, September 6, following no objections from the EFCC. During the court proceeding, counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Rotimi Oyedepo said he would leave the issue of bail solely within the discretion of the court. 

Counsel to the Speaker, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), on his part asked the court to admit his client to bail on liberal terms.

Granting bail to the Speaker, Justice Osiagor held that one of his sureties must be not less than a level 16 officer in the Civil Service while the other must possess landed property within the court's jurisdiction. The court granted the second and third defendant bail in the sum of N100m with two sureties also in like sum. One of their sureties must not be less than a level 14 Officer in the Civil Service. The other must also possess landed property within the court's jurisdiction.

All the sureties are to possess three-year tax clearance and swear to an affidavit of means. All defendants are also to deposit their travel documents with the registrar of the court.

Until they meet their bail conditions, the defendants will be remanded in the custody of the EFCC for a week after which they will be transferred to the Abeokuta Division of the court for further orders on their remand.

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