The Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, on Monday constituted a joint committee of the House to probe allegations brought against two local government council chairmen in the state.
The joint committees on Public Account Committee (Local) and Local Government Administration and Community Affairs are to investigate allegations of unscrupulous activities against the chairmen of Isolo LCDA and Ikosi-Isheri LCDA respectively
They were accused of incursion into legislative activities in their respective councils and undermining the functionality of the legislative arms of the councils.
Speaker Obasa, while constituting the joint committees, said: “Beyond the issue of the budget, there is need to address the victimisation and threats against councilors by council chairmen.
“The introduction of thugs into the Local Government chambers to beat up councilors is something we must not allow and wherever it happens we must assert appropriate sanctions; we must ensure that such chairman does not escape the consequence of such act.”
The allegations were detailed in the petitions titled: ‘Petition against our House Leader, Councilor Remi Shittu’, and ‘Fraudulent Misappropriation of Public Funds accruable to Ikosi-Isheri LCDA by the Executive Chairman, Princess Samiat Abolanle Bada and abuse of Office’ respectively.
The two petitions written and signed by aggrieved councillors from Isolo Local Council Development Area and Ikosi Isheri Local Council Development Area (LCDA) respectively, were read on the floor of the House by the Acting Clerk, Barrister Olalekan Onafeko.
In one of them, Remi Shittu, Isolo LCDA Council Leader was alleged to have summarily suspended four councillors over absence at sitting just before the council chairman, Shamsideen Olaleye presented a budget.
According to the petition, with the four suspended, only three councillors witnessed the budget presentation and expressly passed it within 24 hours.