There is strong indication that Lagos state will soon get its own
anti-corruption commission that would be saddled with the responsibility of investigating all financial crimes and anti-corruption cases in the state, as members of the House of Assembly have
passed a Bill into a law titled, ‘The Lagos State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Law and for Connect Purposes.’
Part of the provisions of the law, is that there shall be a Commission with an independent body which shall not take direction and control from any authority.
According section 17(3), “In every case where the Commission discovers that a crime might have been committed by any person, it shall refer the matter to the Attorney-General for necessary action.”
The powers and duties of the Commission in section 8 are geared towards having transparency and accountability in public sector.
The law consists of 73 sections with some of the following provisions:
Section 14 (2) states that the Commission shall be responsible for the enforcement and due administration of the provision of this law; investigation of all financial crimes and anti-corruption cases in the state; coordination and enforcement of all anti-corruption and financial crime law and enforcement functions conferred on any other person or authority with regards to the finances and assets of the state Government; adoption and enforcement of measures to ensure transparency in the management of resources of the State Government; adoption of measures to identify, trace, freeze, confiscate, or seize proceeds derived from acts of corruption and financial crimes related offences or properties, the value of which correspond to such proceeds.
The bill was passed after Third Reading by the house and a consequent voice vote.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa then directed the Clerk, Barrister Olalekan Onafeko to forward a clean copy of the bill to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his assent.