ONDO ASSEMBLY: I Was Only Doing My Job And Following The Instructions I Was Given - Pay Master

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As the Pay Master of the Ondo State House of Assembly, I was issued a cheque of Fifteen million naira (N15,000,000.00) by my boss, the Director of Accounts to cash it at Stanbic Bank which I presented and later cashed at about 4pm. The DA instructed me to move the cash to the assembly complex as usual for further directive on how to disburse the cash through my office as slated in my official schedule of duty.

But, moment I left the bank, I noticed a car trailing me while I made a frantic effort to get to the Assembly complex to avoid been robbed by my assailants, which I later realized were honourable members of the ODHA on a mission to carry out an undisclosed assignment.

Before I could move the said cash into my office, about thirteen members of the House, bombarded on my car and ordered me to carry the bag containing the cash from my car booth, while they were busy taken my pictures with the cash.

I was molested, embarrassed, humiliated and treated like a common criminal for doing my daily routine and official duty. Their action cut me unaware because there was nothing strange or extraordinary about my activities of the day since it was the normal way my DA issue to me official duty that I carry to the letter.

It very painful that in the course of my duty as a law abiding senior public officer and Pay master of the House, I was man-handled, tortured, publicly ridiculed and subjected to a callous dehumanizing treatment by the very people I serve as honourtable members of the ODHA. For this, I demand my respect and fundamental rights as human and public servant.  

During this uproar at the premises of the Assembly complex that I began to listen to different untrue and corked stories about my involvement with the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon Jumoke Akindele, and that she actually instructed me to bring the cash to her official residence.

As a civil servant, I have never had any close relationship with the Speaker who is the political head of the House. I only take official instruction and directive from my the Clerk of the House, through my DA who is the administrative head of the House. And as I write this, the said cash is safely locked away in the volt inside my office.

It patent to say that since the unfortunate incident happened yesterday, I have lost my dignity, privacy, public status and religion believe, while I stood rejected, lonely, dejected, ridiculed and left naked both in spiritually and physically.

My phones had never stopped ring with requests and inquiries from friends, family members, colleagues, neighbors and church members from far and wide, who are eager to know the true state of the matter, and worried about my safety and family values.

Am using the medium to thank my friends and all concern member of the public for their calls, words of encouragement and the trust they reposed on me by standing by me throughout the period of my adversity and trying moment.

I am call on the state chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the House local chapel of NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC), human rights' groups, political/social groups and associations, students, youths, women and the general public to rise up for my case, and return my dignity and pride as human being before I am consumed between the wicked fire of political gangsters and marauders.

Thank you all for still believing on me

I remains your obedient, law abiding and loyal servant,


Pay Master,
Ondo State House of Assembly.
Akure- Ondo State
January 28, 2017

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