Lagos Assembly threatens to order Ambode’s arrest over Bus Purchase

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, asked the House Clerk, Mr. Azeez Sanni, to invite former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode over the 820 vehicles purchased during his tenure.

Obasa also ordered that invitations should be made to former government officials involved in the project.

He said the legislature would do newspaper ads if they refused to honor the invitation, after which it would issue warrants for their arrest.

The Speaker spoke at the plenary on Thursday following the presentation of their reports by two ad hoc committees set up to investigate the procurement of 820 buses during the Ambode administration and determine the 2019 mid-year budget.

Fatai Mojeed, the chairman of the nine-man committee investigating the purchase of the bus, said four of the twenty officials summoned by the committee did not appear.

He named them as Mr. Kazeem Adeniji, former Attorney General and Justice Commissioner; Mr. Olusegun Banjo, former Budget Commissioner; Mr. Akinyemi Ashade, former Finance Commissioner; and Mr. Wale Oluwo, former Energy and Mineral Resources Commissioner.

When responding to the news, some members of the House proposed issuing warrants for the arrest of the former governor and ex-commissioners.

Alimosho Constituency 1 representative, Bisi Yusuf, said the House had legal right to issue these warrants.

However Ibrahim Layode, member representing Badagry Constituency 1, advised that the invitation should be extended by newspaper advertising to the ex-governor and former commissioners.

Obasa then said, “The clerk will write them, including Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, the ex-governor, and if they refuse, we’ll do newspaper publications and then issue arrest warrants.”

In another development, the House dismissed a petition against member representing Lagos Mainland Constituency II, Lanre Oshun, who was charged with receiving $200,000 bribe to cover up an environmental ministry breach of contract.

The ad hoc committee chairman investigating the allegation, Tunde Braimoh, told the House that the petitioner was faceless and that the complaint was unfounded.

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