Lagos Assembly suspends Ambode probe indefinitely

Lagos Assembly suspends Ambode probe indefinitely

The ad-hoc committee set up by the Lagos State House of Assembly to investigate all transactions in respect of the 820 buses procured by the immediate

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The ad-hoc committee set up by the Lagos State House of Assembly to investigate all transactions in respect of the 820 buses procured by the immediate past administration of Akinwunmi Ambode has suspended its sitting indefinitely. The lawmakers’ decision came following Wednesday’s ruling by an Ikeja Division of the Lagos State High Court ordering all parties in a suit filed by Mr Ambode against the lawmakers to maintain status quo, while it adjourned till November 20 for the next hearing.

Addressing journalists shortly after a brief sitting by the committee to announce its decision, its chairman, Fatai Mojeed, said the matter was adjourned indefinitely as the committee got a court order to stay action on the matter and that they had to respect the opinion of the court.
“We are lawmakers, we are not law breakers, which was why we had to adjourn the matter indefinitely. The people of Lagos should be expecting more from us,” he said.

Also speaking, Gbolahan Yishawu said the House was not trying to witch-hunt anybody or put anybody on the spot for any reason. Mr Yishawu stressed that the assembly was not being pushed by any individual on the matter, while recalling that the issue dated back to 2017, when it was included in the appropriation law but was not approved by the House.

However, Olaniran Obele from the chambers of Tayo Oyetibo, the counsel to Mr Ambode, expressed dismay that they were not allowed into the committee room and could not confirm if they sat. Mr Obele, however, welcomed the decision of the committee to suspend further sitting on the matter based on the High Court ruling.