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‘Sick’ Lagos Assembly Speaker, Obasa Returns To EFCC



EFCC Grills Lagos Speaker Obasa Over Multi-Million Naira Fraud

Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, has returned to the Lagos office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in continuation of his interrogation.

Recall that the EFCC started interrogating the Lagos Speaker on Thursday over the alleged embezzlement of funds running into millions of naira belonging to the state Assembly.

He was released on bail late Thursday night but returned to the anti-graft agency office on Friday after an emergency sitting of the Assembly.

A source told Sahara Reporters that Obasa feigned sickness during the interrogation to avoid answering questions.

“Obasa became weak when confronted with a deluge of his illicit properties and money laundering evidence by the team led by an officer from the South-Eastern part of the country, contrary to his earlier claims of no association with the properties,” the source said.

“He became weak after hours of grilling by the vigilant and dogged staff of the EFCC.

“To escape sleeping at the EFCC office overnight and the effect of the weight of evidence on his shoulder, Obasa claimed to be sick.

“He was then taken to the sickbay of the EFCC on the directive of the Zonal Head, for immediate treatment and was subsequently released on bail.”

Inside source confirmed to SaharaReporters that Obasa bought some of those properties; estate in Ikorodu, besides Lagos State polytechnic campus and an expanse of land in Ifako-Ijaye among many others in the name of his business fronts.

These fronts earlier invited by the commission had made confessional statements implicating and exposing Obasa’s ownership of the properties.

Recall that the two-time Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly has been facing several allegations of corruption.

Some months ago, Obasa appeared before the House panel of enquiry on the corruption allegations levelled against him which he eventually denied but admitted that N80 million as estacode was approved for the training of the wives of 20 lawmakers in Dubai.

Lagos Speaker had said: “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 had said

Source: Naija News

Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.