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EFCC quizzes Lagos Assembly Speaker over alleged graft

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Mudashiru Obasa

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has begun the interrogation of Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, over allegations of financial impropriety.

The Speaker, who appeared before the commission, yesterday, was also being interrogated for allegedly misappropriating funds meant for projects and legislative operations and alleged acquisition of property located in Lagos and abroad through illicit funds estimated to be several millions of naira.

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Spokesman of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the development to The Guardian, saying: “The best I can tell you is that Obasa was invited and he honoured the invitation yesterday (Thursday) at the Lagos zonal office of the commission.”

Also, sources at the commission disclosed that the Speaker arrived at the Lagos office of the anti-graft agency as early as 10:00 a.m. with his counsel who was asked to stay outside pending his interrogation.

It would be recalled that Justice Nicholas Oweibo of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos had recently ordered that the account belonging to Obasa, who is currently being investigated for alleged money laundering and others be frozen.

The judge gave the order while ruling on a motion ex-parte filed and argued by counsel to the EFCC, Mr. S.I. Suleiman, in a suit, marked FHC/L/CS/1069/2020.

The anti-graft commission’s counsel submitted that Obasa was being investigated over alleged diversion of funds, abuse of office, and money laundering.

The commission, therefore, prayed the court for an order directing Chartered Bank to freeze Obasa’s current and saving accounts domicile in the bank pending the conclusion of the investigation or possible prosecution.

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