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Kwara Assembly Probes Member Over Fraud Allegations

KWARA State House of Assembly has commenced an investigation into fraud allegations levelled against a member representing Ojomu/Balogun Constituency of the Offa Local Government Area, Hon. Saheed Popoola.

The medium gathered that three separate petitions, bordering on certificate forgery and bounced cheque, were presented against the lawmaker at Tuesday’s plenary by a member representing Ipaye/Malete/Oloru Constituency, Hon. Mohammed Adebayo.

In one of the petitions titled Save Our Soul (SOS), Popoola was alleged to have issued a bounced cheque to one Dr. Abdullahi Ahmed.

The Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad, referred the petitions to the House Joint Committees on Public Petition and Justice for a thorough investigation in a bid to ensure fairness.

Ahmad said although the constituents demanded that the embattled lawmaker should be suspended based on the allegations, adding, however, that the House cannot act military-like.

Also speaking, Hon. Popoola refuted the allegations, saying that the development was not unexpected.

“It’s usually the case, more so, now when politicking has come with high expectations. Allegations all trumped up charges. All the allegations are not true. I just have to commend the Speaker for the way he has handled the matter,” he said.

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