A member of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Felemu Bankole and three others have been reportedly detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Bankole, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Tertiary Education, is being detained along with the Clerk of the Assembly, Bode Adeyelu; and two civil servants, namely Olusegun Kayode and O. J. Afolabi.
Although reasons for their incarceration are still sketchy, SaharaReporters online reports that their ordeal may not be unconnected with an alleged multi-million Naira fraud accusation leveled against them.
Accusations leveled against the members of the house included a fraud allegation said to have been perpetrated in 2019 by the lawmakers, who requested funds to finance their attendance to a two-day seminar, organized by the National Productivity Center and purported to have held in Lagos.
Some of the lawmakers scheduled to attend the said seminar are the Clerk, the Deputy Speaker, the Committee Chairman of the House Committee on Tertiary Education, and two committee members.
A source close to the House, who pleaded anonymity, however revealed some details about the issue:
the seminar was aimed at institutional productivity, consciousness and excellence in service among workers and organisations in both public and private sectors, to accord workers and organisations the platform in achieving high productivity.
The alleged pseudo-seminar was slated for Wednesday and Thursday, December 11 and 12, 2019
According to the source:
However, it was discovered that there was no such seminar organised and the money released by the state Ministry of Finance, amounting to N2.4m, went to private pockets.
This is coming a few weeks after the second term inauguration of the Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
As of the time of going to press, there has been no official reaction to the matter.