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Ekiti Assembly Fines Fayemi N1m For Shunning Summons

The Ekiti State House of Assembly has fined the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, N1 million for shunning the invitation to appear before the lawmakers and defend himself against corruption allegation.

The lawmakers at a plenary on Tuesday also forwarded a reminder letter to the Inspector General of Police to effect the former governor’s arrest for shunning the House summons.

The lawmakers said the action was in line with Section 129 (1C) and (D) of the 1999 Constitution which prescribes the payment of all cost occasioned in compelling attendance of any person who refuses or neglects to appear before the legislature.

Fayemi had last week filed a suit against the Assembly at a Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, to quash the arrest warrant and restrain the Inspector General of Police from effecting the order.

No date has been fixed for hearing on the case.

Briefing journalists after plenary, Chairman, House Committee on Information, Dr. Samuel Omotoso, said the former governor had failed to honour three summons extended to him hence the need to invoke the powers conferred on the House by Section 129 (1C) of the Constitution.

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