In a statement, the Pyrates Confraternity noted that parliamentarians were chosen to represent the interests of the people and that suspending plenary was a betrayal of that trust.
The Ogun State House of Assembly’s decision to halt plenary due to the trial of the Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, for a N2.5 billion financial fraud has been denounced by the National Association of Seadogs, also known as Pyrates Confraternity.
The congressman was reportedly detained last Thursday at Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport, according to SaharaReporters.
He was seized by EFCC agents to respond to inquiries on alleged financial offenses.
Oluomo was invited by the EFCC to testify in January 2022 about allegations of financial misappropriation, forgery, and money laundering.
The EFCC had already requested Oluomo to report to its Lagos office in a letter dated December 9, 2021, with a reference number of CR:3000/EFCC/LS/CMU/OG1/VOL.3/165, but the Speaker said he was working “on the 2022 budget presented by Governor Dapo Abiodun.”
The legislators took a break from the plenary in protest over the Speaker’s arrest.
The Ash Montana Deck of the Pyrates Confraternity responded to the suspension of plenary by stating that the parliamentarians were chosen to represent the interests of the people and that suspending plenary is a betrayal of that trust.
“As a group that monitors and promotes good governance and the growth of democracy, we are shocked to learn that the state’s legislature has been suspended due to the arrest of the Speaker by an authorized government body. However, the constitution is very clear about what should happen when the principal officer is absent and there is a Deputy Speaker.
We consider this to be a breach of the social compact and to be disrespectful to the constituents who place their faith in the MPs on a variety of issues. The seadog criticized the suspension of parliamentary proceedings due to charges of corruption against a member of the House as “corruptible solidarity without caution and a statement of disdain and disrespect to the institution of government and the decent people of Ogun State.”
The association wanted the state assembly to apologize to the state’s citizens in addition to promptly starting to meet again.