Obasa: EFCC questions Lagos Speaker over allegations of fraud

Obasa: EFCC questions Lagos Speaker over allegations of fraud

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, on Thursday, October 8, was invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission regarding allegations of fraud.

This was contained in a statement issued by the spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren.

Uwujaren stated that Obasa was invited and he honoured the invitation at the Lagos zone office of the commission on Thursday.

“He was invited, not arrested. He is responding to questions,” Uwujaren said.

Obasa, who is a two-time Speaker of the House, has been facing several allegations of corruption.

1st News had earlier reported that the speaker appeared before the House panel of enquiry on the corruption allegations levelled against him.

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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.

The House committee subsequently cleared him, which sparked protests among several anti-corruption groups.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, October 8, lamented that low revenue generation to fund annual budgets has been the greatest challenge being faced by his regime.

Buhari made this disclosure while presenting the 2021 Appropriation Bill to a joint session of the National Assembly on Thursday.

The president further stated that supervising ministers had been ordered to ensure strict monitoring of revenue-generating agencies under their supervision.

The President emphasised that “revenue generation remains our biggest challenge.”

Meanwhile, the National Assembly will be funded with N128 billion in 2021.

This is as Buhari admitted that the Federal Government is spending more on recurrent expenditure.

The President blamed this on non-existent personnel (ghost workers) and unauthorised allowances introduced by Ministries, Departments, and Agencies.

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