Nigeria’s Anti-graft Agency Freezes Oyo Assembly’s Account Over Alleged N1.3 Billion Fraud

The Economic Financial and Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday froze the account of the Oyo State House of Assembly over alleged embezzlement of N1.3 billion by the Assembly members.

SaharaReporters had on July 7 reported that the EFCC invited the Speaker of the House of Assembly and different principal members of the House over some alleged fraudulent actions perpetrated within the buy of refurbished automobiles for lawmakers.

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But a reputable supply within the authorities instructed SaharaReporters on Tuesday that the EFCC has frozen the checking account of the House of Assembly, because the anti-graft company continues with its investigation.

Some of the official vehicles purchased from the questionable fund, in response to the petition to EFCC, have been stated to have developed mechanical faults lower than six months after they have been delivered to the legislators.

However, in a response to the allegations, the House posited that it adopted due course of and had nothing to cover concerning the contract.

The Speaker, Adebo Ogundoyin, in considered one of his reactions to the allegation, stated the House would proceed to assist the EFCC and all authorities establishments to deepen transparency, accountability, and democracy.

An unconfirmed supply on the Assembly stated the EFCC is widening its internet to incorporate constituency allocation funds, working prices, and others.

The supply additional famous that it was in a transfer to widen its scope that the anti-graft company froze the Assembly’s account to forestall entry to it, thereby denying the lawmakers entry to funds for his or her month-to-month working value.

The supply additionally stated the EFCC picked up some high officers of the House on Monday, July 26 within the early hours of the day and grilled them for a number of hours.

Some of those developments seem to have angered some lawmakers, who in opposition to their custom to postpone plenary sitting within the Speaker’s absence, have been stated to have perfected plans to go forward with Tuesday’s plenary ought to Ogundoyin be absent.

Ogundoyin, who had jetted out to the United States of America earlier than the Eid-el-Kabir vacation, surprisingly returned to the nation earlier than plenary and was capable of preside over legislative affairs.

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Nigeria's Anti-graft Agency Freezes Oyo Assembly's Account Over Alleged N1.3 Billion Fraud

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