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I can’t recall what my salary was, Ladoja’s witness tells court


[FILE PHOTO] Rashidi Ladoja

Former Deputy Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Titilola Dauda, yesterday, told a Federal High Court, Lagos that he could not recollect what he earned as salary during his tenure.

Dauda, who served during the Chief Rashidi Ladoja’s tenure in the state, stated this while being cross-examined by the prosecutor, Oluwafemi Olabisi, in the trial of the erstwhile governor and one Waheed Akanbi.

He also told the court that during his stay at Heritage Courts and Inn, Lagos, Ladoja used to give him N20,000 or N30,000 to expend on accommodation.

Dauda further told the court that he was issued receipts for the amount but could not lay his hands on them.

However, during his evidence before the court, he said Ladoja did not buy any vehicles for him and 13 other ‘loyal’ lawmakers in 2005 to escape impeachment.

According to him, the automobiles delivered to the legislators were products of a contractual relationship they had with a firm, VT Leasing.

His words: “I had a contractual relationship with VT Leasing, an incorporated company, over a car supplied to me. The agreement was that I should pay a particular percentage upfront and thereafter on rentals.

“I entered into agreement with VT Leasing. I paid both my contribution and rentals. I do not owe VT Leasing. No member of the House was given any vehicle. Each of the 14 members benefitted from the VT Leasing arrangement.”

Dauda also faulted claims by a prosecution witness, Chief Adewale Atanda that the vehicles were purchased for them by Ladoja to save him from ouster.

Atanda, who was Senior Special Adviser to then governor, had in his testimony, said he had to use his assets and personal guarantee to secure an N80 million loan from Wema Bank Plc for purchase of the vehicles.

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