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“Obasa never operated multiple accounts” -Bank Officials

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Officials of Ecobank, Wema Bank and Polaris have absolved the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa of allegation of operating multiple bank accounts in the banks.

Some representatives of the banks spoke before the 9-man House Adhoc Committee on fact finding and investigation on the corruption allegations against Speaker Mudashiru Obasa being circulated on the social media on Friday.

The bank officials stated that it was not possible for an individual to operate multiple accounts with one Bank Verification Number (BVN).

The Committee is headed by Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo Constituency 1).
Present during the meeting were Hon. Rotimi OlowoHon. Yinka Ogundimu, Hon. Lukmon Olumoh and Hon. Mojisola Alli-Macaulay.

A Business Development Officer with Wema Bank, Mr. Adekunle Adeleke said that the BVN server did not reserve with any bank, and that it is with the CBN. 

“SaharaReporters stated the account number and other details in their reports, but they didn’t state the BVN. What SaharaReporters wrote is not BVN. There are a lot of errors in their report.

“The BVN and the accounts stated in the story are not correct and they don’t belong to the Speaker of the Assembly.

“It is not possible for a BVN to have two dates of births. If they do so, it would be rejected in another bank, they would have to swear to an affidavit so that it would be the same.

“If it should be changed, it would be backed up by marriage certificate or sworn affidavit,” he stated.

Adeleke stressed that the companies stated by SaharaReporters in their reports had no linkage with Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa. 

He added that the name, signature and other details in the story has no relationship with Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa. 

“You can write Wema Bank to confirm if the accounts mentioned by SaharaReporters had any relationship with the Speaker.

“The computer system in the bank has a digital footprint that would show any visit to any account. It will show imprint of anyone that checks the account. You can request the details of all the checks, but we will need written request from the owner of the account.

“BVN is a different server, it does not belong to any bank. You cannot punch BVN and get any financial details. It is only the regulator or the anti-corrupion agency that can do so through the CBN,” he said. 

Polaris Bank was represented by Mr. Charles Osho and Mr. Rotimi Omotayo, Chief Internal Auditor of the bank.

Mr. Omotayo said that only three of the 64 accounts credited to the Speaker by SaharaReporters were with Polaris Bank.

He revealed that two of the accounts belong to one Mr. Adebayo Adeyemi David, while one belongs to Mr. Ajayi Mudashiru Obasa. 

“Mr. Adebayo Adeyemi David is different from Mr. Ajayi Mudashiru Obasa and there is no linkage between the two personalities. 

“Rt. Hon. Ajayi Mudashiru Obasa has one account with our bank and the BVN quoted for Obasa is correct. The other person has a separate BVN for the two accounts.

“It is not possible to check someone’s account without authorisation. There is what we call system log. Whoever accesses an account is logged on the system and we can see whoever does that. 

“We know those who access any account at any point in time. We can avail you of the information if you require it,” he said. 

General Manager of the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency (PPA), Mr. Onafowote Fatai Idowu, who was also invited by the Committee, revealed that the 40 Toyota Corolla back-up cars bought for the 8th Assembly were with the notice of his office and that the purchase followed the due process. 

He said that Certificate of Compliance was issued for the procurement of the vehicles on 30th April, 2019.

“We were communicated and we responded for the process to continue and we approved the purchase of the vehicles. 

“The purchase of the vehicles was approved by the Management Committee of the House, led by the Speaker Mudashiru Obasa and the relevant documents were provided.

“Members of the Committee were Hon. Wahab Olumuyiwa Jimoh, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, Hon. Dayo Saka-Fafunmi, and Hon. Setonji David. The purchase was budgeted for and It is in tandem with the appropriate Procurement Law,” he said. 

The committee subsequently adjourned sitting to Saturday 6th June, 2020 at 10am.

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Abiru uplifts traders, farmers with N62m grants, inaugurates projects in Lagos East

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The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries, Sen. Adetokunbo Abiru, on Thursday, empowered 1,250 market women and men in Lagos East with grants totaling N62.5 million.

Abiru, who represents Lagos East Senatorial District, unveiled the grant in Epe Local Government Area, along with other projects facilitated through the Office of the Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs).

Other projects inaugurated included a 960-capacity mini-Stadium, remodeled Oluwo Fish Market; distribution of Hand-planters and grants to Farmers.

He said the sum of N50, 000 each as financial grants, would be given to 1,250 market women and men, totalling N62.5 million.

According to him, the respective market leaders (Iya Olojas) in the 16 LGs/LCDAs of Lagos East were given the direct responsibilities of selecting 50 members each in their localities, making a total of 800 market women.

He said the remaining beneficiaries were nominated by the party structure.

”At this junction, I must publicly acknowledge and appreciate the magnanimity of the Presidency, through the SDGs for the projects we are commissioning today, those we had commissioned in the past and the ones that are yet to be commissioned.

”I specially thank His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and Her Excellency, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on SDGs.

”The projects attracted to Epe town that are being commissioned today are: a 960-capacity mini-Stadium, which include: Football pitch, Basketball and Volleyball courts, administrative offices, changing rooms and other amenities.

”Also, the remodeling of the popular Oluwo Fish market, which now comprises 240 open stalls, 82 lock-up stalls, five open floors, 12 toilets and four new offices for Iya Oloja and Baba Oloja, Tourism Board and Local Government Staff Security post.

”The empowerment also includes the distribution of hand-planters to about 200 farmers, along with financial grants of N20, 000 for our farmers in the agrarian part of the district,” the senator said.

He said the projects and support for market women and rural farmers were part of fulfilment of the social contract with the people of Lagos East senatorial district, while seeking their mandate in 2020.

Inaugurating the projects, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, said that they would have direct impacts on the socio-economic reality of the town.

The governor commended Abiru for representing the district diligently in the National Assembly.

”Over the last 18 months, Abiru has dutifully delivered the dividends of democracy in several areas and on multiple fronts, not just in the primary mandate of law making, but also in terms of life-changing empowerment and endowment.

”Today, we are here to commission a number of infrastructure projects by him, some of which are facilitated through the Oofice of the special assistant to President Buhari SDGs, occupied by an esteemed daughter of Lagos, Orelope-Adefulire,” he said.

The governor expressed delight on the benefit of the projects to the residents, saying that the market project was commerce-oriented, designed to improve the livelihood and earning capacity of beneficiaries.

He said the recreational facility was a project that would positively affect people’s lifestyle and translate to health benefits, as well as improved quality of life.

Sanwo-Olu said the lawmaker had lived up to the ideals of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and to the legacy of transformation instituted in Lagos state since 1999.

He appealed to the beneficiaries to see the projects as public resources entrusted in their care, urging them to productively utilise the facilities with the utmost sense of responsibility.

”This is also what our great party, the APC, stands for, bringing a better life for all our people, regardless of their age, gender, religion, income or class. Our goal is to ensure that no one is left behind, as we spread development around Lagos,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Orelope-Adefulire applauded the lawmaker for making women empowerment a cardinal focus of his activities, noting that such action remained key to strengthening inclusion.

She said the empowerment of women was in line with the aim of the SDG.

She added that the office of the SDGs in the presidency had facilitated rehabilitation of more than 10 schools and four healthcare projects in the district.

(NAN)

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Kosofe HoR aspirant, Abbey Cheche assures youths of job opportunities if elected

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An aspirant contesting for a seat at the house of Representatives to represent Kosofe constituency, Eng. Abiodun Owokoya (a.k.a Abbey Cheche) as officially declared to vie for the slot during the 2023 general elections.

Engr. Abiodun said he wants to be the voice for the youths, he said the youths are energetic, educated and experienced, they know what they wants. He have the capacity and all that it takes to govern and represent the youths in the green chamber.

He said, he plans to take the jobless youths off the streets, according to him, he will create 15, 000 jobs through the help of his affiliations.

In his speech, he said ” I will train the youth to be more intense, knowledgeable when it comes to technology as an engineer that I am, I have put things together to do that”. He said his focus is going to be on the youth.
He called on the leaders to support the youth and give them chance to also participate in politics and win political post.

He advised the electorate to get their PVC and also the delegates not to sell their votes.

Com. Balogun Olanrewaju, a former SUG president at Lagos State polytechnic said the youths have gathered for a new destiny, a new life, they are tired of repetition of failure, he said they want a representative who is young and approachable that will remember the youth.

Also, Comrade Adewunmi Tobi Funsho, Director Planning and Strategy Abbey Cheche movement, described the aspirant as a vibrant youth and ready to serve his people, who is approachable that will make the people of Kosofe enjoy the dividends of democracy.

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