Lagos Assembly To Probe Alleged Misappropriation, Abuse In Councils

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Lagos Speaker Mudashiru Obasa has constituted a joint committee of Public Account Committee (Local) and Local Government Administration and Community Affairs to probe alleged misappropriation and abuse of office in Isolo and Ikosi-Isheri LCDAs.

This followed petitions from councillors in the councils against the chairmen.

The petitions are: ‘Petition against our House Leader, Councilor Remi Shittu’ and ‘Fraudulent Misappropriation of Public Funds accruable to Ikosi-Isheri LCDA by the Executive Chairman, Princess Samiat Bada and abuse of Office’.

The petitions were read by Clerk, Olalekan Onafeko, during plenary on Monday.

Shittu (Isolo LCDA) allegedly suspended four of the seven councillors for being absent at a sitting prior to his budget presentation.

Three councillors attended the presentation thereafter and passed it within 24 hours.

Leader of Ikosi-Isheri LCDA Akanni Usman prayed the House to intervene in the frosty relation between the councillors and the Chairman Semiat Bada.

Usman claimed Semiat misappropriated public funds and allegedly deprived the council of its statutory emoluments and also instigated some councillors to boycott sitting.

The lawmakers called for the House’ intervention before the crisis snowballs out of hands.

Obasa directed the House Committee on Public Account (Local) and Committee on Local Government Administration to investigate the councils and report to the House on Thursday.

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