On Tuesday, the official trial of the leader of the state legislature began with a court hearing called arraignment.
Felemu Bankole and Segun Oyadeyi Bankole were brought to court. Felemu is a lawmaker for Akoko South-West Constituency 2, and Segun is a civil servant.
The Speaker and others were charged with two counts of fraud.
They said that they did not do what they were accused of doing.
During the court hearing, Kingsley Kudus, who represents the EFCC, asked to keep the defendants in jail until the trial is finished, even though they said they were not guilty. So, the defendants are still waiting in court for the trial to continue.
Femi Emodamore, who was advising the defendants, reacted by telling the court that they were ready for the trial. He asked the court to cancel the EFCC’s request to keep the defendants in custody because they had already been released on bail.
He said that the second person being accused (Oleyelogun) was sick and needed to go to the doctor immediately.
Emodamore went to court to tell them to warn Iroju Ogundeji about sending annoying messages to the speaker.
He said that if Ogundeji keeps doing what he’s doing, he’ll get in trouble with the law because it’s not allowed.
The judge said that the people who are accused can go back home until the next court day and this will happen on May 18th. They will have another chance to prove whether they are guilty or not.