Obasagate: CHRSJ, CISNAC storm EFCC Office over alleged corruption
against Lagos Speaker


Information reaching us from our correspondence in Nigeria has it that a group (OBASAGATE) has petitioned the EFCC, demanding that the law maker be investigated over the weighty allegation of corruption

Fault Assembly Panel over Obasa, …Vow to pursue the matter to a logical end.

OBASAGATE protesters at the EFCC Office in Ikoyi Lagos

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.

Evidence of the petition

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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