A warrant for an immediate arrest has been issued against Mohammed Sani-Omolori, the newly retired clerk of the national assembly by Justice Suleman Belgore of the Abuja high court, sitting in Maitama.
Belgore issued the order following an ex parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seeking an order of the court for Omolori’s arrest.
According to NAN, in the application marked M/8728/2020 filed before the court, the EFCC claimed that Omolori had ignored its invitation to report to the commission’s office to answer questions regarding a petition on his alleged mismanagement of funds.
The EFCC said it was investigating an allegation on the diversion of 14 Toyota Hilux vehicles and 13 Peugeot 508 vehies valued at over N400 million.
The commission further explained that in the course of the investigation, Adamu Mohammed Fika, secretary of the national assembly commission, Oluseye Ajakaye and others were invited to its office.
EFCC alleged that the invitees made revelations indicting Omolori, after which letters were sent to him on November 4, 2019, which Omolori failed to honour.
EFCC added that it sent another letter to him on March 16, 2020, which he still failed to honour, after which the commission said it was left with no option than to approach the court for a warrant of arrest to be issued against the respondent.
After listening to S.N. Robert, counsel for the EFCC, the judge granted the commission’s application.
“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,” the judge said.
“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.”
Scooper had meanwhile, reported how the National Assembly Service Commission has appointed Ojo Amos Olatunde as acting clerk.
The appointment comes a day after the commission queried Mohammed Sani-Omolori for refusing to retire as clerk of the national assembly after 35 years in service.
The commission had approved the retirement of Sani-Omolori but he rejected it, saying the eighth assembly had approved his tenure extension.
The previous assembly saw the conditions of service of the national assembly staff being amended.
The federal legislators increased the requirement of retirement for the staff to 65 years or 40 years of pensionable service.
Ahmed Amshi, chairman of the commission, said in a statement that Olatunde was appointed as acting clerk after an emergency meeting.
Bala Yabani Mohammed was appointed acting deputy clerk of the national assembly, and Dauda Ibrahim El-Ladan was made acting clerk of the senate.
Patrick Giwa was retained as clerk of the house of representatives until his retirement in November.
Also, Yusuf Asir Danbatta was appointed as acting secretary to the commission.
“All appointments are with immediate effect,” Amshi said.
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