The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, is in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, responding to questions regarding the allegations of fraud levelled against him, Page 36 learnt.
The Spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said that Obasa was invited, and he honoured the invitation at the Lagos State Zone office of the Commission, on Thursday.
“He was invited, not arrested. He is responding to questions”, Uwujaren said.
Hon. Obasa, who is a two-time Speaker of the House, has been facing several allegations of corruption in recent times.
The Speaker had some months ago, appeared before the House Panel of Inquiry, on the corruption allegations levelled against him.
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 N4 million to each of the participants for air tickets, hotels, feedings, and local travel. Air ticket to Dubai alone costs about N2 million. 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 N80 million for estacode at a go before”, he said.
The House Committee subsequently cleared him, which sparked protests among several anti-corruption groups.
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