N40 Million Refund: Court grants relief sought by ex-OPIC MD, Odusola

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A Lagos Division of the Federal Substantial Court docket has granted reliefs sought by Mr Babajide Odusola, previous Taking care of Director of the Ogun Home Expenditure Corporation (OPIC), looking for to enforce his fundamental legal rights. Justice Peter Odo Lifu granted the reliefs sought by the applicant (Odusola)  in […]

A Lagos Division of the Federal Substantial Court docket has granted reliefs sought by Mr Babajide Odusola, previous Taking care of Director of the Ogun Home Expenditure Corporation (OPIC), looking for to enforce his fundamental legal rights.

Justice Peter Odo Lifu granted the reliefs sought by the applicant (Odusola)  in an ex-parte software submitted and argued by Mr Ebun Adegboruwa (SAN) and Mr Adetunji Adedoyin-Adeniyi, who are counsel to the applicant.

According to the Information Agency of Nigeria, the applicant sought an buy of the court restraining the respondents from having any motion in opposition to him similar to a report by the Ogun assembly either by invitation or by arrest right up until the court docket has read and decided the substantive suit. The subject was adjourned until January 13, 2022, for a listening to of the substantive suit.

What happened in court

At the resumed hearing on Friday, Mr F. E Bolarinwa, Counsel for Ogun Condition Ministry of Justice informed the court that he experienced difficulties in submitting his processes, he then sought an adjournment to empower him to file a counter affidavit in opposition to the fit.

Justice Lifu famous that the respondents experienced not demonstrated bring about in the matter. He held that an application for adjournment was not unmeritorious.

The court docket built a declaration that the report of the committee and proceedings of the assembly which it previously adopted constituted an infringement on Mr Adesolu’s basic legal rights to a reasonable listening to.

In an affidavit in assist of his application, Odusola averred that in October 2020, he had received a letter inviting him to the Ogun condition assembly to surface at its Community Account and Anti-Corruption Committee (PAAC) to explain alleged irregularities in the things to do of OPIC.

He mentioned he honoured the invitation but was confronted with an allegation of misappropriation of OPIC resources. In accordance to him, he under no circumstances received any grievances or charges towards him in the course of his tenure as OPIC Taking care of Director.

He consequently, sought an interim order, directing respondents to keep the standing quo in respect of the conclusion of the assembly, pending last resolve of the originating movement.

He also sought an purchase restraining the respondents from having further techniques in relation to the topic make any difference pending the remaining perseverance of the suit.

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Nairametrics noted that the Ogun Point out Home of Assembly had requested the former OPIC boss to return the sum of N40 million which has not been accounted for since 2019. He was offered six months to return the dollars to the condition treasury.

Nairametrics also described that Mr Odusola explained the allegation levied against him on money misappropriation by the State’s Residence of Assembly as untrue.

What you should really know

  • Whilst Babajide is the applicant in the suit, Respondents incorporated: Ogun Condition House of Assembly, the clerk of the Household, Inspector-General of Law enforcement, Assistant Inspector-Typical of Law enforcement in charge of zone II, and Commissioner of Law enforcement, Ogun Condition.
  • In a go well with marked: FHC/L/CS/1273/2021, Mr Adesolu experienced instituted a essential legal rights enforcement accommodate towards the Inspector General of Law enforcement and many others.
  • The Chairman of the Committee that allegedly investigated OPIC cash was an fascinated occasion, who served with each other with Odusolu in the past administration.
  • On September 21, 2021, throughout the plenary, the Ogun state assembly adopted the report of its Committee on Anti-Corruption and Public Accounts, which claimed to have investigated the finances of OPIC and big sums of cash that were lacking from OPIC accounts.

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