Corruption: EFCC grills Lagos Speaker, Obasa

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday interrogated the speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, over allegations of fraud and financial misappropriation.

Reports from media platforms said Obasa, a two-time speaker of the State House Assembly, arrived at the EFCC’s Lagos zonal office at about 10.a.m on Thursday.

Sahara Reporters had months ago reported that Obasa owned more than 60 bank accounts, through which he misused public funds.

The paper also accused him of awarding contracts to himself using different companies as fronts.

In June, a nine-member House panel claimed the speaker did no wrong and cleared him. The committee was headed by Victor Akande, the representative of Ojo Constituency.

Speaking before the panel, Obasa described the allegations against him as “unfounded.”

While Obasa denied most of the allegations, he admitted that N80 million as estacode was approved for the training of the wives of 20 lawmakers in Dubai.

“We gave N4m to each of the participants for air tickets, hotels, feedings and local travel. Air ticket to Dubai alone costs about N2m. Some of these allegations were raised for a crusade to get the Speaker out of office.

“The House of Assembly is above common standard of excellence and we have to train people, and this comes at a cost. Learning is not cheap and I have never collected N80m for estacode at a go before,” he said.

Obasa said his approval limit as the speaker of the House was N100 million.

The spokesperson to the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed to Premium Times that Obasa was questioned on Thursday.

He said that Obasa was invited and he honoured the invitation at the Lagos zone office of the commission.

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