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Court orders arrest of an Ex National Assembly clerk

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An arrest warrant against a one time clerk of the National Assembly, Sani Omolori, has been issued by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Justice Suleman Belgore ,while ruling on an ex parte motion filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), issued the order.

In the motion, marked: M/8728/2020, the EFCC claimed that Omolori ignored its invitation to report at its office over an investigation of a petition.

The EFCC stated that it was investigating a petition of an alleged diversion of 14 Toyota Hilux vehicles and 13 Peugeot 508 valued at over N400 million.

It added that, as part of its investigation activities, it invited the Secretary of the National Assembly Commission, Adamu Fika, Mr Oluseye Ajakaye and others to its office.

The EFCC added that Fika and Ajakaye made revelations indicting Omolori, as allegedly ignored invitation letters were sent to him on November 4, 2019.

The commission added that it sent another letter to Omolori on March 16, 2020, which he still failed to honour.

The EFCC stated that it was left with no option than to approach the court for a warrant of arrest to be issued against the respondent.

Upon hearing lawyer to the EFCC, S.N. Robert, Justice Belgore granted the order sought.

“I have considered the application, I averted to Paragraph 7 of the supporting affidavit and Exhibit EFCC 4 wherein the respondent was said to have ignored invitations to report in the applicant’s office without any justifiable reason.

“It is clear to me that Section 3 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015 can be invoked in the circumstances of this case in granting this application and I so do.

“Warrant of immediate arrest is hereby issued against Mohammed Omolori, the former Clerk of the National Assembly forthwith,” the judge said.

Fatimah Oyesanmi

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