The former governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola has been dragged to the EFCC for approving N78.3m for the upgrading for his personal website when he was in office.
The immediate past governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, has been dragged to the Economic and Financial Crimes Comission EFCC. Fashola was governor of Lagos Sate between 2007-2015.
The ex governor of Lagos state might be prosecuted over the allegation that he spent N78.3m from the state treasury to upgrade a website, Premium Times reports.
The Civil Society Network Against Corruption, a coalition of anti-corruption organisations in Nigeria, has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC over the “questionable expenditures” of the administration of Babatunde Fashola, the immediate past governor of Lagos State.
The petiton which was dated 10th August, 2015, called on the EFCC chairman to probe the N78.3 million received by Fashola to upgrade his personal website
It is alleged that Fashola approved N78.3 million before leaving office.
However, the company that took up the project, Access Plus Limited insists that it was paid only N10 million.
The Civil Society Network Against Corruption also asked EFCC to look into the N1.2billion Fashola’s administration spent on the construction of pedestrian bridges along Eti-Osa-Lekki-Epe Expressway, arguing that he declined to give the number of bridges involved. The group added that the Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge cost N6billion and not the N25billion stated by the Fashola administration. The group told newsmen that they hope the anti-corruption commission will look into the allegation thoroughly.
We would like to believe that this petition would be given utmost attention as speculations in the media and among the general public is that members of the governing party currently enjoy special consideration and therefore not investigated by the anti-corruption agencies.
This perception, if allowed to fester, will be detrimental and dangerous to the spirit of the new wave in the fight against corruption led by the current administration.