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Corruption Allegations: SaharaReporters, CSOs and Others Shun Lagos Assembly Fact Finding Adhoc Committee Invitation

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By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE

SaharaReporters, Mr. Babajide Otitoju of TVC, Mr. Bayo Oluwasanmi (SaharaReporters), Budgit, Concerned Nigerians, Adeola Fayehun (Keeping It Real), The Independent Diaspora Nigerians Against Corruption, Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) have shunned the invitation of the fact finding adhoc committee set up by Lagos House of Assembly to investigate the corruption allegations made against the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa.

Addressing journalists and other members of the Adhoc Committee raised by the House on the matter, Chairman of the panel of inquiry, Hon. Victor Akande stated that the panel was constituted for a fact-finding mission on the allegations made against Obasa so that the invited groups and persons could substantiate their allegations.

Members of the committee included Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Somolu 1), Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2 ) and Hon. Yinka Ogundimu, (Agege 2).

Others are Hon. Lukmon Olumoh (Ajeromi/Ifelodun 1), Hon. Ajani Owolabi (Lagos Mainland 1 ) and Hon. Mojisola Alli Macaulay (Amuwo Odofin 1).

“We still have tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday for the petitioners to come around. I want to thank you for your patience and for being prompt with your attendance.

Fielding questions from journalists, Akande said “This is not the first time that we are having this kind of issue. It has happened in the National Assembly before.

“It is an allegation, we cannot just go to court. We have to find out the facts and figures. It is not just against the Speaker of the House.

“The House once investigated an issue against the former Governor of the state. We must build something on something for us to have a cause of action,” he said.

Akande revealed that SaharaReporters, which he said is the most important party in the matter, received and acknowledged the receipt of the invite of the House through their email address.

He added that most of the invitees did not have permanent addresses, and that the House sent invitations to them through their email addresses, and the means they used to make their allegations against the Speaker.

While contacting Babajide Otitoju of the TVC, he said that he did not receive any invitation, adding ” No invitation yet. Why would I be invited in the first place. I made no allegation of corruption against the speaker. So what do they want from me?”.

Also, the Executive Secretary of HEDA, Sulaiman Arigbabu said his organisation got the invitation around 6 pm on Wednesday but pointed out that his organisation has no business with the House and that their petitions were written to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and not the House.

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