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Alleged fraud: Obasa denies awarding contracts to self

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IBRAHIM QUADRI

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, on Monday denied allegation of awarding contracts to self in the House of Assembly as alleged in a report published by an online medium.

Obasa who presided over plenary challenged the media outfit to make the proofs open to the public in order to unveil the truth.

The Speaker argued that there is no relationship between the De kingrun and the Lagos State House of Assembly, noting that the media outfit should publish the contract date, location, amount and contractual agreement.

“Let me also join you to emphasize that what was published by ‘Sahara Liar’ has nothing to do with me.

“I said it two weeks ago when publication was out about the existence of the De kingrun which I made my position on that. But the fact remains that the De kingrun has no relationship with the Lagos state House of Assembly.

“And I am challenging Sahara Liars to publish if there is any. At least, they have alleged and they must be able to prove by giving out the name of such contracts, the amount, the location, the date and the contractual agreement.

“So, with this, the public would be convinced that truly such allegation exists.

“But, as we speak, I am saying emphatically that there is no relationship between the kingrun and Lagos State House of Assembly. So, Sahara Liars and failure you can prove me wrong,” the Speaker stated.

Speaking earlier, The Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni, who raised the matter during plenary, stated that the House did not in any way award any contracts to the mentioned companies in the report published by the media outfit.

“Mr Speaker, let me seek your indulgence to make announcement of the publication on Sahara Reporters in which some comments were made regarding the House.

“As the Clerk of the House and Head of Administration, I want to say categorically to the public that this House has not had any business dealings with the mentioned companies” Azeez stated.

It would be recalled that Sahara Reporters on Saturday published a report that emerging facts have revealed illegal activities being perpetrated by the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa.

The report highlighted a list of companies the Speaker had been using to award contracts to himself and launder public funds.

The report revealed that Obasa primarily used De Kingrun Multipurpose Nigeria Ltd for securing and implementing contracts from the parliament and ministries.

It stated that he also owns several other companies used for receiving contracts from the Lagos Assembly.

The companies include Adesav International Ventures, Quick Solution International Ventures, White Honey Enterprises, Cream on Ice Services, A.B DELCO Nigeria Company, and Fabric Splash Ventures.

Others are Skye-Macosh Company, Swifthill International Ventures, Silver Section Global, Davedab Global Ventures and Jose Macosh Company.

Meanwhile, the House has called on the State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct the Ministry of Environment to start clearing canals and drainages across the state ahead of raining season.

This was raised by Hon. Desmond Elliot representing Surulere 1 under matter of urgent public importance.

The Assembly also asked Governor Sanwo-Olu to direct the Ministry of Information to commence sustainable campaign on the challenge ahead and also sensitize people on the need to stop dumping refuse in the canals.

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