It has not been the best of times, for the Honorable Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly-Hon Adeyemi Ikuforoji, what with the 54 count of money laundering case involving the sum of #773.3 million Naira, he and his PA has been beset with courtesy the EFCC. The case has been dragging on for quite a while now and we can bet it is disturbing to a very large extent the ambition of the Speaker to vie for the post of the Executive Governor of the State of Excellence come the next election into the Alausa State house.
At the most recent court hearing on the case, the speaker & his assistant -Oyebode Atoyebi were granted bail in the colossal sum of #1 Billion Naira each, many had thought that amount was too humongous as a bail and had thought that the speaker and his PA might find it hard to meet the bail condition. Though for a day they couldn't: As the speaker & PA had to rest in the very comfortable enclave of the EFCC for a day. A few of his very liquid friends took it upon themselves to stand sureties for their good friends. The rock of Gibraltar in this particular write-up is a metaphor that refers to those very few, who have stood as rock of support & confidence for their friend in the face of a seemingly insurmountable mountain (# 1billion Naira each).
Check out the role call of Sureties for the Speaker. Each of the sureties were in the sum of #500 Million Naira each- Alhaji Taiwo Oludayo, Proprietor of Oludayo International Agency. Who owns a landed property at Kofo Abayomi Avenue, Apapa, Lagos.
Mr. Adeyemo Abdul-Yekini. Who owns a landed property at Block......Isheri North Residential Scheme in Kosofe.
The embattled speaker's PA-Oyebode Atoyebi was also not left out. He too also perfected his bail application. Thanks to the magnanimity of Chief Hammed Dosunmu, the MD of Williams & Co. Development Works, located at Oju Olobun, on Lagos Island & Mrs. Ajibola Lawal, the MD of Fiona Lawton Nigeria Ltd. In Magodo GRA, Shangisha, Lagos.
Like it is commonly said, ''A friend in need, is a friend indeed''. This 4 have shown they are friends indeed. Real rock of Gibraltar.
Can the speaker still vie for the Governorship seat, with this case still hanging on his neck like an albatross? Time will tell, let's wait and see.
The case meanwhile has been adjourned till September 25, 2013 for trial proper.