Ogun Assembly Suspends Ex-Deputy Speaker, One Other Member Indefinitely

A file photo of the Ogun State House of Assembly complex in Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.

 

The Ogun State House of Assembly has suspended two of its members, Dare Kadiri and Solomon Osho, until further notice.

While Kadiri is a former deputy speaker of the house and member representing Ijebu North II State Constituency, Osho represents Remo North State Constituency.

They were suspended for an alleged breach of the provision of the Legislative Houses (Power and Privileged) Act 2017.

The suspension of the duo followed the adoption of a resolution by lawmakers during Tuesday’s plenary presided over by the Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, at the Assembly Complex in Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.

“Order 6, Rule 19 (2) says that whereof a matter of privilege arises, it shall be taken into consideration immediately; in the note of that, I want to say that I received a resolution by the appropriate number of members of this House raising issue of privileges, and it reads thus;

“Resolution 131/ OG/ 2022 – suspension of some honourable members for the breach of the provision of the Legislative House (Power and Privileges) Act, 2017,” he said.

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According to the speaker, the suspended lawmakers were found guilty of severally and contentiously breaching the rights and privileges of the Ogun State House of Assembly and its leadership, through the violation of the provisions of Section 17 of Legislative Houses (Power and Privileges) Act, 2017.

“The following honourable members, Hon. Oluwadamilare Kadiri (Ijebu North II State Constituency) and Solomon Osho (Remo North Constituency) are hereby suspended from the House and its activities forthwith until further notice, in line with the provisions of Sections 14 and 15 of the Legislative Houses (Powers and Privileges) Act, 2017,” he affirmed.

“Since this has been signed by the appropriate number of people, it requires no vote or anything; so they stand suspended.”

In his response, Osho said the due procedure was not followed in the suspension process, saying he was not given any fair hearing.

“I didn’t commit any offence. I don’t consider the suspension as anything tangible. No due process was followed, I was not given a fair hearing,” he said.

“The Speaker just came and announced that two honourable members are being suspended until further notice without reading out the charges or the offences committed.”

Asked if he would seek legal redress, the suspended lawmaker answered in the affirmative.

Osho said, “I know what to do. Basically, what they are saying is that the former deputy speaker wrote a petition against him to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); so, he (the speaker) is trying to fight back. Just like they say, ‘when you fight corruption, corruption fights back.’

“But what is happening is between him and former deputy speaker; it has got nothing to do with me. There was no time either publicly or privately that I supported anyone. I have the right to hold the speaker accountable and to be transparent to me, which I’ve not even demanded.”

“Since he came back from the EFCC, this is the first time we are having our official sitting and there was no meeting at all to allow me to ask questions. No committee was set up to probe me, where is that done anywhere in the world?” he queried.

Court Summons Ogun Assembly Over Suit Filed By Ex-OPIC Boss

A file photo of the Ogun State House of Assembly complex in Abeokuta, the state capital.

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has summoned the Ogun State House of Assembly (OGHA) to show cause within seven days, why it should not be restrained from proceeding with the case against the former Managing Director of the Ogun State Property Investment Corporation (OPIC), Mr Jide Odusolu.

Justice Peter Lifu made the order on Monday sequel to a motion moved by Odusolu’s counsel, Adetunji Adedoyin-Adeniyi, before adjourning the matter until November 1 for hearing.

Adedoyin-Adeniyi argued vehemently on why the court should grant the interim reliefs contained in his client’s motion ex parte.

Rather, the court ordered the respondents to the suit to show cause upon being served with the order and the court processes, why they should not be restrained in line with the interim reliefs sought by the plaintiff.

The respondents are the Inspector-General of Police, Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 2, Commissioner of Police in Ogun, OGHA, and the clerk of the Assembly.

On September 21, 2012, the Assembly had during its plenary purportedly adopted the report of its Committee on Anti-Corruption and Public Accounts which claimed to have investigated the finances of OPIC and huge sums of money missing from the agency’s accounts.

But Odusolu filed a suit before the court, seeking a declaration that the proceedings of OGHA and the report of the committee which it purportedly adopted constituted an infringement on his fundamental right to a fair hearing.

He also sought a declaration that the Assembly lacked the competence to investigate the alleged crime and that the chairman of the committee was himself an interested party who served together with Odusolu in the previous administration and even inspected some OPIC projects which he later claimed have not been executed.

Odusolu also asked the court to grant an order of injunction to restrain the Assembly from deploying the report to initiate any criminal complaint against him before the police and to restrain the police from acting on the said report pending the hearing and final determination of the suit before it.

In a 40-paragraph affidavit deposed to by the plaintiff, he traced the series of projects executed by OPIC, adding that the accounts of OPIC have been audited by professionals and no fund was missing at all.

He stated further that he was being persecuted by the committee and some members of the Assembly.

VIDEO: We Have Taken Actions To Legalise Amotekun, Says Ogun Speaker

 

The Ogun State House of Assembly has considered and taken necessary legal processes on the South-West Security Network codenamed ‘Amotekun’.

The Speaker of the House, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, disclosed this to Channels Television at his office in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Oluomo explained that the actions taken by the lawmakers were expected to make Amotekun a legally acceptable security outfit and deliver on its core mandate.

Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, during an interview with Channels Television in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

 

 

He also gave an update on the journey so far in the legislative procedure for the actualisation of the security outfit.

The speaker, however, sought the support and understanding of residents of the state to ensure the success of the outfit in securing their lives and properties.

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Abiodun Asks Ogun Assembly To Confirm 18 Nominees As Commissioners

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Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has nominated 18 commissioners into his cabinet.

In a letter, Governor Abiodun asked the State House of Assembly to confirm the commissioners-nominee.

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Those nominated by the governor include Afolabi Afuape, Oludotun Taiwo, Ganiyu Hamzat, Funmi Efuape, and Dr Kehinde Oluwadare.

Others are Femi Ogunbanwo, Jagunmolu Omoniyi, Toyin Taiwo, Tunji Akinosi, Ade Adesanya, and Dr Adeola Odedina.

Also nominated by the governor are Professor Sidi Osho, Dapo Okubadejo, Dr Tomi Coker, Abiodun Balogun, Gbolahan Adeniran, Tunji Odunlami, and Laolu Olabintan.

Ogun Assembly Passes Bill On Discrimination Against ‘People With Disability’

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The Ogun State House of Assembly has passed a bill to protect “People With Disability” with the aim of promoting equity, equality, and justice among the vulnerable group in the society.

The bill titled: “HB No. 12/OG/ 2017- A Bill for a Law to Eliminate all forms of Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities, Equalise their opportunities in all aspect of life in the society and for other matters incidental thereto” was passed during a plenary presided over by the Speaker, Suraju Ishola.

This was following the presentation of the report of the House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development, by its Chairman, Yetunde Sogbein- Adekanbi.

Sogbein, thereafter moved the motion for the adoption of the report which was seconded by Honourable Viwanu Ojo and supported by the whole House through a voice vote after which the bill was later read and adopted Clause- by – Clause by the Committee of the whole House.

The motion for the third reading of the bill was later moved by the Majority Leader, Honourable Adeyinka Mafe, seconded by Honourable Sogbein- Adekanbi, while the Clerk of the Assembly, Lanre Bisiriyu, did the third reading of the bill.

The Speaker, therefore, directed that the clean copy of the bill be forwarded to the Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun for his assent.

It will be recalled that stakeholders at the public hearing earlier organised by the Assembly passed a vote of confidence on the bill expressing that when passed by the Assembly and signed into law by Governor Amosun, it will eliminate all forms of discrimination against persons with disabilities and equalise their opportunities in all aspect of life in the society.

Ogun Assembly Passes Resolution On Road Traffic Safety

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The Ogun State House of Assembly has passed a resolution authorising traffic law enforcement agencies to enforce safety measures on motorists plying various roads across the state.

The passage of the resolution followed a motion sponsored and moved by the Minority Leader, Olawale Alausa and seconded by his Obafemi-Owode State Constituency counterpart, Honourable Tunde Sanusi at the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Suraju Adekunbi.

Opening debate on the motion, Honourable Alausa stressed the need for all road users especially commuters to adhere strictly to traffic rules and regulations at night for the safety of road users.

He explained that protection of lives and property of the citizenry was part of government’s responsibility as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

“The motion should be enforced at the appropriate time of the day, calling on motorists to put in place headlamps and reflectors, especially for drivers of articulated vehicles while plying the roads at night so as to alert other road users as it would go a long way at reducing road mishaps,” the lawmaker said.

On his part, the Deputy Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo asked road enforcement agencies to effectively discharge their duties for motorists to adhere strictly to traffic laws,

He also asked the agencies to direct their officials to desist from all forms of extortion in the course of duty.