The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday, June 23, pledged to open an inquest into the corruption allegations leveled against Mudashiru Obasa, speaker of the Lagos state house of assembly.
Obasa had been accused of embezzling public funds and abusing his office.
This was according to an investigation carried out by SaharaReporters; which revealed the speaker allegedly owns more than 60 bank accounts.
He was accused of using his office to misappropriate funds and also allocate contracts to himself through third party sources; as well as other acquaintances.
The state house of assembly had cleared the speaker of the corruption allegations; saying the allegations were untrue.
However, in a statement on Tuesday at the commission’s office in Lagos; Mohammed Rabo, zonal head of the EFCC, said the anti-graft agency will give the petition against Obasa the attention it deserves.
This was in the aftermath of protests by members of the Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CISNAC) at the commission’s office who submitted a petition to the agency.
“We will give it the required attention. We have our process here. This is the first process. You have submitted it. 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.
Sina Odugbemi, a programme officer at CISNAC, said the Lagos state house of assembly cannot be a judge in its own affairs.
He said the EFCC must investigate the speaker for the public to know the truth about the allegations.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday, June 23, criticised the Federal Government over the demolition of the Nigeria Embassy in Ghana, calling the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration ‘incompetent‘.
Kola Ologbondiyan, the spokesperson for the PDP, made this declaration via a press release.
According to the statement, this development has further shown Buhari Presidency as well as the All Progressives Congress (APC) to be incompetent; and how it has destroyed the respect and honour other nations had for Nigeria.
It further stated that “it exposed Buhari’s lack of capacity to exude our nation pride; as well as its failure to meaningfully engage other world leaders on diplomatic issues.”