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“I was never detained by the EFCC” -Obasa, Lagos Assembly Speaker

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By Adesina Ogunyemi

Claims by some news media that the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, was detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), may not be true as the latter has since returned home.

Obasa, chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, appeared before the EFCC on Thursday, October 8 as the agency continued with the investigation of some allegations against his office.

Obasa was at the EFCC office in honour of an invitation sent him by the agency.

“As a good citizen of Nigeria, a public officer and lawmaker, it was just justified that I honour an invitation by an agency trying to find out some answers relating to some questions.

“It is normal for the EFCC to invite whoever it deems should be invited. Honoring the invitation simply shows patriotism,” Obasa said in a statement released by his media office.

The Speaker added that he had returned home and was never detained by the EFCC as was already being speculated.

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‘We are not planning any impeachment against Obasa’ -LAWMAKERS

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Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday passed a vote of confidence on Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, emphasising that they were not plannning to impeach the speaker, as insinuated in some quarters.
The Lawmakers said the speaker had demonstrated exemplary leadership so far so good, and as such, vowed to keep supporting him.
Recall that Obasa had been in the eye of the storm following ongoing investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) into his financial dealings in the house.
While some of his accounts had been frozen courtesy of the order of Federal High Court in Lagos, the speaker was interrogated last week by operatives of the anti-graft body in Lagos. He was subsequently released on administrative bail.

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Onafeko appointed as Acting Clerk, Lagos State House of Assembly

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By TIMI Joshua

The Lagos State House of Assembly has appointed Barrister Olalekan Onafeko as the Acting Clerk of the House.

Prior to his appointment, Onafeko was the Head of Administration/Human Resources Directorate of Lagos House of Assembly.

His appointment was announced on Monday, September 28, 2020, by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni.

According to the Deputy Speaker, “It is the responsibility of the Selection Committee of the House to appoint a new Clerk.

“We have met many qualified staff and we considered so many qualities such as competence, desirability and others and so we appointed Mr. Olalekan Onafeko,” he said.

The immediate past Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni retired from the Service on September 10, 2020, after serving meritoriously for 35 years.

Since then, the Deputy Clerk, Mr. Taiwo Otun, had been acting as the Clerk during plenary.

Onafeko has a degree in Business Administration from Ogun State University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, and LL. B Laws from Lagos State University, Ojo, and Nigerian Law School.

He joined Lagos State Civil Service in 2000 as Administrative/ Human Resources Officer 2, on Grade level 08, and was posted to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

He was deployed to the Lagos House of Assembly in 2005 as Administrative Officer/ Human Resources Officer 1, on Grade level 9.

He has won several awards such as Annual Best Officer Award, Best Officer Award, Senior Category at the Year 2014 Public Service Week. He had been nominated twice for National Merit Award.

Mr. Olalekan Biliaminu Onafeko will be the third Head of Administrative / Human Resources Directorate that will be appointed Acting Clerk and later substantive Clerk in the history of Lagos House of Assembly.

The first was Mr. Ganiyu Olusegun Abiru in August 2011 when the then Clerk, Mr. Taiwo Olatunji retired.

The immediate past Clerk, Mr. Azeez Sanni was the Director of Finance and Administration in 2016 when he was appointed Acting Clerk after the retirement of Mr Ganiyu Olusegun Abiru.

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LAGOS EAST: Abiru promises to sustain quality representation

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By Timi Joshua

The All Progressives Congress candidate for the Lagos East Senatorial bye election,Mr Tokunbo Abiru on Tuesday have pledged total commitment to his people if voted to the National Assembly.

Abiru ,a former Managing Director of Polaris Bank,made the pledge during a meeting with party stakeholders, community leaders and residents in Somolu .

He said he was contesting the senatorial election to offer quality representation for the people of the district .

“Let me assure you and all the good people of Lagos East that I will not disappoint if I am elected .

“I will carry on the legacies of those who had represented the senatorial district in the past that have offeref quality representation from 1999 till date, from my father to late senator Bayo Osinowo.

“These great men did very well; I can’t afford to do less.I will do my best to the service of the people if elected “,he said.

He also, said he would bring all the competences acquired in the banking sector for about 30 years and in public sector as former Finance Commissioner, to bear on the service of the people if elected.

Abiru stressed on why he would work with the other National Assembly members to attract more development to Lagos East and the state.

The ex-Polaris Bank boss said Lagos deserved special status being a former Federal capital,saying he would work with others to secure that for the state.

“Also I will carry out empowerment programmes to uplift the people and promote the prosperity of the senatorial district”,he said.

He urged the people of Somolu and those of other communities to go out en masse on Oct.31 to vote for him and APC.

Abiru also urged party members mobilise others to make the victory emphatic.

Earlier,Chief Kaoli Olusanya, APC Vice Chairman ,Lagos East ,described Abiru as a credible and competent candidate .

He said the party had no doubts that Abiru would deliver if elected .

Olusanya said just like Abiru stabilised hitherto distressed Polaris Bank as CEO ,he would make great impact if elected as senator .

He expressed regrets that votes for APC in the state had decreased over time and urged residents of the senatorial to come out en masses on Oct.31 to prove their support for the party.

“In the 2019 elections ,the entire votes APC got in Somolu for Gov.Sanwoolu were in the region of 40,000, that is not good enough.

“Bariga alone can give that .So this time around I urge you to go out and deliver at least 100,000 votes for our candidate “,he said.

He said with massive turn out of party members and residents,APC would win by landslide.

The meeting was attended by many party members ,community leaders ,traders and youths.

Some of the prominent APC chieftains at the meeting include Somolu Federal House of Representatives Ademorin Kuye(Somolu); a member of the state House of Assembly ,Mr Rotimi Abiru(Somolu 2) and another member ,Mr Rotimi Olowo(Somolu 1)

Chairman of Somolu Local Government Area,Mr Ahmed Salau and Chairman of Bariga Local Council Development Area,Mr Kolade Alabi were among those in attendance.

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