Lagos Assembly Threatens to Issue Arrest Warrant For Ambode And Four Others
The Lagos State House of Assembly has threatened to issue a warrant of arrest on the former governor of the state, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, and four others who served in his administration as commissioners.
The threat followed the presentation of preliminary reports by two ad hoc committees set up by the House to investigate the 820 buses purchased by Ambode and to appraise the 2019 budget.
The former commissioners involved include, Kazeem Adeniji (Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice), Olusegun Banjo (Commissioner for Budget), Akinyemi Ashade (Commissioner for Finance) and Wale Oluwo (Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources).
Presenting the preliminary report of a nine-man ad-hoc committee to probe the purchase of the 820 buses, the committee chairman, Fatai Mojeed, said that it was discovered that due process was not followed.
“He (Ambode) did not inform the House before commencing the purchase of the buses. Over N48 billion was spent on the purchase of the busses and N22 Billion was spent on import duties.
“520 of the buses are still at the seaport,” Mojeed told his colleagues during plenary.
Acccording to Mojeed, they also demanded for the budget instrument used for the purchase, but that there was no budgetary provision for the purchases.
“They could not produce any newspaper where the purchase of the buses were advertised. The committee invited 20 stakeholders, 16 of them complied, while four of them refused against the constitutional provision,” he added.