Assembly urges ex-OPIC boss to defend self

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Ogun State House of Assembly yesterday insisted that the former managing director of the state Property and Investment Corporation (OPIC), Jide Odusolu, should go and defend himself before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and others, and not resort to defence via the media.

Speaker Olakunle Oluomo spoke while responding to the submissions of the Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts and Anti-Corruption, Musefiu Lamidi and his deputy, Abdul Bashir Oladunjoye, who raised the issue of media appearance of Odusolu calling out the assembly over his indictment as contained in the audit reports submitted to the assembly during yesterday’s plenary.Oluomo, who explained that the audit report did not make any reference to former governor Ibikunle Amosun, advised Odusolu to leave Amosun out of the investigation, as the former MD remained the accounting officer during the period the infractions were committed.

He said: “Distinguished colleagues, I appreciate your concern that our rights and privileges have been breached by the person in question, by going to the press to start making comments. In any case, it is not in the character of the legislators to go into media war with anybody accused of going against the law of the land.“At the same time, this House of Assembly will not go into media war with anybody for that matter, but for the purpose of explanation to the people of the state, the state Auditor General, acting under the power conferred on him by Section 125 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), presented his reports to the House of Assembly; and the same constitution empowers the Assembly to go into that documents and take necessary actions.

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“In fact, when you look at Section 128 of the constitution, it empowers the House to expose corruption, waste mismanagement and others. This is why we later looked at the report, which found the man culpable in some instances. We invited him for the purpose of fair hearing to come and defend himself and he came and said a lot of things even before the camera indicting himself.“For instance, Odusolu agreed that N40million was spent in cash on site without records of spending. He even indicted the former governor that it was he that brought the money to the site for spending. You can imagine that!”

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