- Lagos now has the exclusive right to probe former state officials over issues relating to the state
- With this, the state might take over cases involving Tinubu, Fashola and Ambode from EFCC, ICPC among others
- Also, the state will establish an anti-corruption agency
The Lagos state House of Assembly has passed a new law. The law has also been signed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The makes for the establishment an anti-corruption agency. The agency has the “exclusive” rights to probe cases of corruption that have to do with the state.
The agency will be responsible for probing any case of corruption concerning the state.
When set up, the agency will take over from agencies like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
With this, all cases in which prominent Lagosians like Tinubu, Ambode and Fashola are involved will be reverted to the agency.
Section 13(3) of the new law says: “The commission shall upon the commencement of this law take over the investigation of all anti-corruption and financial crime cases involving the finances and assets of Lagos State Government being investigated by any other agency.”
Section 13(5) provides that, “the commission shall have the power to the exclusion of any other agency or body to investigate and coordinate the investigation of corruption and financial crimes cases involving the finances and assets of the state government.”
In another report, Legit.ng had reported that the Lagos state chapter of the All progressives Congress (APC) has appointed more of its members into its Governor's Advisory Council (GAC).
Oluremi Tinubu and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, were among those recently made members of the GAC.
The appointment was announced on Wednesday, April 21, by the chapter's publicity secretary, Seye Oladejo. Another lawmaker who made the list is Tokunbo Abiru, representing Lagos East Senatorial District.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the APC in the Amuwo-Odofin local government area of Lagos state had said there was a possibility that northern politicians would betray Tinubu if he contested for the presidency in 2023.
The party member, who spoke to Legit.ng under the condition of anonymity for fear of facing retribution, warned the APC leader to learn from the experience of MKO Abiola who was considered the winner of the June 12 election.
The source advised Tinubu to remain as the kingmaker in the party rather than trying to become president.
He expressed the fear that Bola Tinubu's political relevance may whittle down if he contests and losses the presidency.