EFCC FREEZES OYO HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ACCOUNT
Following a petition received by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over financial impropriety regarding procurements of official cars for Oyo state House of Assembly members ,a source said the anti-graft agency has frozen the Assembly bank account.
It would be recall that EFCC opened its investigation against the House regarding procurements of the official cars for the state lawmakers which was alleged by the petitioner to have fallen below standard.
Some of the official cars according to the petition to EFCC were said to have developed mechanical faults less than six months into delivery to the legislators.
However, in a reaction to the allegations, the House posited that it followed due process and had nothing to hide regarding the said car procurement contract.
The Speaker, Adebo Ogundoyin in his reaction said the House will continue to support EFCC and all government institutions with the view to deepening transparency and accountability.
An unconfirmed source at the Assembly said EFCC is widening it’s investigative net about the House to also include constituency allocation funds, running costs and others.
The source further noted that it was for the purpose of widening its investigative scope that the antigraft agency froze the Assembly account to prevent access to the House account .
The source said EFCC picked up some top officials of the House yesterday July 26 at the early hour of the day and were at the antigraft agency’s office for several hours after series of grilling.
The development appear to have angered some of the lawmakers who against their traditional way of postponing plenary sitting in the Speaker’s absence were said to have perfected plans to go ahead with today’s plenary should the Ogundoyin not be available.
Although,insinuation was rife on Monday (yesterday) about a planned move by the lawmakers to go ahead with Tuesday’s 27th (today) plenary sitting in the event the Speaker was absent leaving many to speculate on what the outcome today’s legislative plan would be.
Ogundoyin, who had jetted out to the United States of America on an undisclosed trip before the Eid-el Kabir holiday surprisingly returned to the country unannounced as some insiders said many lawmakers did not know about Ogundoyin’s return to the country from his US trip.
Ogundoyin however made a surprise appearance today at the house where he effectively presided over the business of the house.