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N4.3bn saga: Ondo Assembly bans lawmaker from addressing journalists

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The Ondo State House of Assembly has banned lawmakers from addressing the public on the controversial 4.3 billion naira discovered in a secret account.

The state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo, last Thursday said the secret account was discovered by the Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Wale Akinterinwa.

Ojogo explained that the money has been stashed in the bank account of a third-generation bank for over ten years.

However, in its reaction, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party had called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the state government, alleging that the new recovery is suspicious.

Nevertheless, in a parliamentary session on Monday, the members of the state House of Assembly debunked the news about the impeachment of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

This was contained in a statement signed by Akogun Olugbenga Omole, the Chairman of the House Committee on Information.

“The news making the rounds that the Speaker’s Lodge was under siege is a hoax and the imagination of those behind it. The lodge was never under siege. The armed Policemen sighted there were at some distance away and were there to maintain peace, law and order,” the statement read.

On the issue of the N4.3b under scrutiny, the lawmakers agreed that all relevant documents should be submitted to the Committee on Public Account and Committee on Finance and Appropriation respectively.

“That no member of the House of Assembly should talk to the press without making reference to Mr Speaker. The only person authorised to speak on behalf of the House is the Chairman, House Committee on Information,” the statement added.

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