The Lagos state house of assembly has cleared its speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, of corruption allegations leveled against him.
Obasa had been accused of embezzling public funds and abusing his office. An investigation by Sahara Reporters had alleged that Obasa owns over 60 bank accounts.
The report accused him of using his office to misappropriate funds and allocate contracts to himself through third party sources, as well as other acquaintances.
But addressing the nine-man fact-finding panel chaired by Victor Akande, on Saturday, Obasa denied the allegations.
At the plenary session on Monday, Akande presented the report of the fact-finding adhoc committee to the house, where he described the allegations made against Obasa as “frivolous”, while insisting that the speaker followed due process in all his dealings.
The chairman of the probe panel also recommended that Azeez Sanni, clerk of the house, investigate how documents which led to the allegations against the speaker leaked.
“We also recommend that the activities of the house should be digitalised for proper record keeping and monitoring,” Akande said.
“It was then suggested by the committee that a vote of confidence should be passed in the speaker of the house.
“The speaker did not have multiple accounts with Ecobank, the BVN ascribed to Wema Bank does not belong to him and the companies attributed to him in Wema Bank is not correct.”
The recommendations of the committee which cleared Obasa was put to a voice vote by Sanai Agunbiade, majority leader, and they were unanimously adopted by the lawmakers.