Members of the Civil Society Network Against Corruption on Tuesday staged a peaceful protest at the Lagos office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and submitted a petition against the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa .
The placards- carrying protesters, who were received by the head of the anti -graft agency in Lagos , Mohammed Rabo , said they wanted the EFCC to investigate allegations of financial impropriety against Obasa .
Speaking before presenting the petition to Rabo , the Coordination of CISNAC, Shina Odugbemi, said, “ Our mission here this morning is to present you a letter about an issue in the city , Lagos State . Everywhere is awash with the accusation that the Speaker of the state House of Assembly is squandering money . We pick issues and we ensure that we follow issues to logical conclusions . This is one of the steps .
“ We have come here today to present to you our petition that contains a catalogue of allegations. The truth is that these are allegations until they are investigated and until a court of competent jurisdiction rules over them , we can ’ t say somebody is a thief or not. But what we are against is that in the Lagos State House of Assembly , there is a conspiracy to sweep these things under the carpet . ”
Responding , Rabo assured the protesters that the EFCC would give the petition the required attention.
He , however , stressed that allegations do not automatically translate into guilt .
He said, “ I have received your petition and in our usual way, we don’ t segregate if there is any allegation . But like you rightly said, an allegation does not confirm the guilt of a person until investigations are well established.
“ So, I want to assure you that like every other petition we receive , we will give it the required attention.
“ We have our process here. This is the first process , you have submitted a petition; we will go into it and we will commence earnestly .”
The placards carried by the protesters were headed with Obasagate, followed by inscriptions such as “ Lagos must breathe”; “ Lagos Assembly must be free ”; “ Rip- off : N 84 m for wives and mistresses ”; and “ EFCC must investigate Mr Speaker” , among others .
The group , in the petition signed by its chairman , Olanrewaju Suraju, listed “ purchase of a bulletproof car at a market value of less than N 100 m and the inflation of its price to N 300 m ; as well as unilateral purchase of 40 cars for members of the Assembly with neither prior discussion with members nor official approval by the House ” as some of the allegations they want the EFCC to probe Obasa on .