Groups Petition EFCC Over Alleged Corruption Against Lagos Speaker  ….Fault Assembly Panel Report That Exonerates Obasa

A human rights and anti- corruption groups on Tuesday, stormed the

Lagos State office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission

(EFCC) located at Awolowo road,Ikoyi, to submit a Petition Letter,

calling for credible and thorough investigation of the Speaker of the

State House of Assembly,Mr. Mudashiru Obasa over alleged corrupt

practices.

The groups held the peaceful protest at the premises of the anti-graft

agency in line with the Social distancing order of the Federal and

State Governments, vowing to ensure that the matter was fought to

logical conclusion.

The protesters who were drawn from the members of the Centre for Human

Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) and Civil Society Network Against

Corruption(CISNAC) respectively led by CHRSJ’S Executive Chairman,

Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman and CISNAC’s Programme Officer, Comrade

Sina Odugbemi, stating that the allegation was genuine and founded.

The protesters who were armed with the placards with different inscriptions such as; “Obasagate: We demand EFCC investigation”,

“Lagos must breathe”, “Lagos Assembly must be free”, “Lagos Assembly

is a public institution” and so on.

They urged the EFCC to conduct the credible and thorough investigation

into all the allegations of fraud leveled against Mr. Obasa, saying

that the allegations were weighty, not to allow to be swept under the

carpet.

Speaking after the submission of the Petition Letter, Comrade Sulaiman

who came to the rally along with his Niqhobian (Eleha) wife alleged

that Mr. Obasa has been working round the clock to ensure that the

weighty allegations of corruption leveled against him were swept under

the carpet by reaching out to some anonymous groups for cover up.

The rights activist who assured the good people of Lagos State nay

Nigeria that they would not allow the matter to die without due and

proper investigation by the anti-graft body, alleging that some

acclaimed human and civil rights organizations have been bribed to

support the corrupt practices of the Speaker ,but saying that their

group were battle ready to work with the President Muhammadu Buhari to

stamp-out corruption out of the land as being thought under the

tutelage of late Social crusader and human rights activist, Chief Gani

Fawehinmi,SAN.

Also speaking, Comrade Odugbemi, maintained that the purpose of

submitting the Petition Letter, was to ensure that the due process was

followed in the investigation of the matter by getting to the root of

it, dismissing the State Assembly Panel which had earlier exonerated

Obasa from all the allegations of corruption leveled against him,

insisting that Assembly panel could not be the judge in the case that

affected its speaker. So, the position of the Panel could not stand

the test of time in the face of war against corruption in Nigeria.

He strongly condemned the way and manner the Assembly Panel dismissed

the matter which made the world to know that something was fishy about

the subject matter.

According to the Petition Letter dated 16th Day of March, 2020 with

the titled “Demand for urgent investigation and probe of Honourable

Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly and others”,

signed by Comrade Olanrewaju Suraju, the Chairman, CISNAC and also

forwarded the copy to President Muhammadu Buhari for notification and

necessary action on the subject matter and copies were made available

to newsmen after the protest.

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