Lagos Speaker, Obasa In EFCC Trouble

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Honourable Mudashiru Obasa is in hot soup.

The Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA), has sent a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) accusing him of financial recklessness.

In the petition signed by its Executive Director, Comrade Buna Olaitan Isiak, HURMA, said the agency should investigate the speaker for the followings;

“Purchase of a bullet-proof car at a market value of less than N100 Million, and the inflation of its price to N300 million. Apart from being inflated by a whopping 200 per cent, the purchase of the vehicle was done in a questionable manner contrary to procurement acts. This constitutes a flagrant abuse of office and the exercise of privilege with impunity in a country where majority of the citizens live on less than a dollar a day.”

“Unilateral purchase of 40 cars for members of the assembly with neither prior discussion with members nor official approval by the house. We have it on good authority that the vehicles were imported by a notable politician for a failed political project.”

“The speaker procured those vehicles and has since refused to either release their papers to the supposed beneficiaries or tender their receipt for retirement into the assembly’s accounts for obvious reasons as the cost of the vehicles is only known to the speaker.”

“Purchase of 11 other vehicles without bidding, advertisement and rules and regulations guiding procurement or legislative approval. This is disdain for public accountability and established checks and balances.”

“Use of fictitious companies as fronts for cornering public contracts and fleecing of public funds. The most notorious of these companies is a certain De-Kingrun Multipurpose Nigeria Limited with CAC No: RC 748741 where all his six children are shareholders.”

“A probe of the businesses of the house since his leadership should reveal how notoriously Obasa has been breaching public trust by diverting contracts and projects into companies of his interest with the active connivance of the clerk of the house, Mr. Azeez Sanni Adebowale.”

“Compromise of operational procedures, creation of an extra-legal hierarchy and privileging cronies at the expense of the system. This is by far the greatest calamity to befall the Lagos State House of Assembly under Obasa’s watch.”

“Regulatory procedures have been in most cases set aside with the connivance of the clerk of the house with the ill-intent of carrying out governmental business for private gains and as a private concern.”

“With these tactics, Obasa created an extra-legal hierarchy within the workforce of the state’s assembly where his cronies (including a concubine of his, popularly called Madam Speaker) reign supreme.”

“It was on good authority that the girl named Nike Ajibose was promoted to level 9 without promotional exams because of immoral relationship with Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, she recently traveled to United Kingdom with N9 million of LSHA money not approved but more importantly is using the girl for money laundering activities.”

“The recent allegation of illegal 2.4 billion naira spent within 11 months to purchase 80 cars for 40 members of LSHA must be thoroughly investigated by your establishment that remains the best anti-graft agency in Africa.”

“The actions and activities of Hon. Obasa at the Lagos State House of Assembly is detrimental to the interest of the people of Lagos State and his primary constituency which elected him to serve.”

“It is also breach of public trust and a dent on the anti-corruption drive of the party (APC) and the government to which he belongs, hence the need to have him investigated and put under public scrutiny and account before further damage is done to the collective patrimony of Lagosians.”

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