Judge’s Illness Stalls Arraignment Of Kwara Commissioner, Saraki

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Olatunji Moronfoye, Kwara Commissioner in the dock
Olatunji Moronfoye
Olatunji Moronfoye

By Sadiq Umar, Abuja.

The planned arraignment of Kwara State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Olatunji Oyeyemi Moronfoye, and Mr. Ope Saraki, Senior Special Adviser on Millennium Development Goals to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, before Justice A.O Faji of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin could not go on today as the judge was reportedly ill.

A statement by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), said, though, Moronfoye, who served as Senior Special Adviser on Millennium Development Goals to Bukola Saraki, and Ope, cousin to former governor were in court, they could not take their pleas as the judge sent in words through one of his assistants that, he was indisposed and would not sit.

“In the circumstance, Joseph O. Uzor and J.O Olatoke, SAN, counsel representing EFCC and the accused persons respectively, met and tentatively agreed on April 23, 2015 for possible arraignment having confirmed the date to be convenient for the court.

“Moronfoye and Saraki are to be docked on a 3-count charge bordering on abuse of office and money laundering,” the statement said.

“Moronfoye is alleged to have used his position as the Senior Special Adviser to the former governor to enrich himself. Specifically, he awarded contracts to the tune of over N200million for the renovation of Ijagbo Primary Health Centre and the supply of medical equipments to Health Centres and Specialist Hospitals within the state, to a company in which he has interest and was sole signatory to the account.

Ope Saraki
Ope Saraki

“On his part, Saraki allegedly abused his office and laundered state funds for his personal benefit by awarding inflated contracts to companies owned by his cronies. In one of the transactions involving the purchase of Ambulance for hospitals in the state, Saraki duped the people of Kwara State by procuring thirteen Hiace buses from a local car dealer and converting them to ambulance in place of  factory built ambulance for which a contract of N171, 990,000.00 was awarded to Chemiroy Nigeria Limited,” the statement added.