Court Suspends Financial Accounts Of Ondo Assembly, Speaker, Others


File photo: Rt Hon. Iroju Ogundeji (left) with the three lawmakers after resuming to office in December, 2020.

The crises rocking the Ondo state House of Assembly is not over.

This time around, the deputy speaker, Iroju Ogundeji has approached the court over the failure of the leadership of Assembly to pay his salary arrears.

The Precision NG reports that Ogundeji was reinstated alongside other three lawmakers. They are Hon. Tomide Akinribido, Hon. Wale Williams and Hon. Favor Tomomewo.

They were reinstated in December, 2020 by the house led by the speaker, Rt Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun after a court pronouncement.

The Precision NG recalled that the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the state, Charles Titiloye was in court to stand in for the leadership of the house when a court of contempt was brought over them by the reinstated lawmakers.

Our correspondent gathered that the recent development was as a result of the garnishee suit by the impeached deputy speaker, Iroju Ogundeji.

The court then granted a temporary order that the bank accounts of the house of assembly and personal accounts of the speaker, Oleyelogun and the parliamentary secretary, Hon. Akinruntan and that of the deputy majority leader, Hon. Olamide Oladiji, be frozen.

“Rt. Hon Iroju Ogundeji got a garnishee order against the accounts for failing to pay his outstanding entitlements while he was on suspension despite the court order that said they should reinstate and pay all our arrears.

“The case is coming up for hearing on Thursday February 4th.

“So the parties involved are to come to court to explain why it should not be a perpetual order,” one of the reinstated lawmakers (name withheld) told The Precision NG.

Related: Ondo Assembly Finally Reinstates Four ‘Suspended’ Lawmakers

Corroborating the development on Crest FM 87.7 monitored in in Akure by our correspondent, Hon. Wale Williams said since they were reinstated in December, their salary arrears have not been paid even when the state government has approves of it.

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