The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has finally reacted to the corruption allegations leveled against the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa.
This newspaper reports that Obasa had been accused of using his office to misappropriate funds and allocate contracts to himself through third party sources, as well as other acquaintances.
However, the House of Assembly had cleared the speaker of the corruption allegations, saying the allegations were false and baseless.
Addressing members of the Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CISNAC) who protested at the commission’s office in Lagos, the Zonal Head of the EFCC, Mohammed Rabo, said the commission will investigate the allegations against Obasa.
Rabo added that the petition submitted by the group will be given the attention it deserves.
He said: “We will give it the required attention. We have our process here. This is the first process. You have submitted. We will go through it. I assure you we will give it the attention it requires. Always do your things within the ambit of the law.” Rabo said.
Earlier, the Coordination of CISNAC, Shina Odugbemi, said the group want the EFCC to investigate the corruption allegations leveled against the speaker.
He said: “Our mission here this morning is to present you a letter about an issue in the city, Lagos State. Everywhere is awashed with the accusation that the Speaker of the state House of Assembly is squandering money. We pick issues and we ensure that we follow issues to logical conclusions. This is one of the steps.
“We have come here today to present to you our petition that contains a catalogue of allegations. The truth is that these allegations until they are investigated and until a court of competent jurisdiction rules over them, we can’t say somebody is a thief or not. But what we are against is that in the Lagos State House of Assembly, there is a conspiracy to sweep these things under the carpet.”