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WHY EFCC WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE ARRESTS IN OGUN, BY SPEAKER

By NBF News
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Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Mr. Tunji Egbetokun, has said that operatives of the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) would continue to visit the state.

He spoke against the backdrop of the invitation of the former chairman of Ikenne Local Government Council, Chief Pegba Otemolu and the current Chairman of Obafemi-Owode Local Government,  Mr Akeem Adesina and the Director-General of the state Lands and Surveys, Mr Gbenga Oshinnaike.

In an interview with journalists, the Speaker who was the immediate past secretary to Obafemi-Owode said during his tenure, he had been invited by the commission to explain some grey areas.

He debunked the claim by Adesina that he was behind his arrest, saying: 'It is ridiculous for anyone or group to  link me with the invitation of my chairman  by the EFCC. Even as a secretary (during his first term), we were invited by the Commission to explain some grey areas.

'The EFCC must do its work and after we answered certain questions that were put to us, we were let off the hook, so it is not strange for any official or political office holder to be invited to answer questions.'

On the alleged petitions purportedly masterminded by him, he said: 'I don't know anything about the petition.

'I can understand why the chairman links me with his travails, he sees me  as a threat to his political ambition of going to the House of Representatives.

The tendency is there, we were taken to the EFCC. If you have tendency to put your hands in government purse, you will continue to be in EFCC.' Continuing, the Speaker who spoke in the presence of some of his members said: 'Without mincing words,  Egbetokun or any member of the House has nothing to do with the issue of EFCC. If you soil your hands , there is no way EFCC will not invite you.'

On the petition allegedly masterminded by him, he said: 'The petition that was sent to the House was not anonymous, it was written and signed by six councillors, my hands were not there.