The younger brother to the Speaker of the Federal House of Assembly, and the Director General of National Lottery Regulatory Commission, Lanre Gbajiabiamila is in the eyes of the storm over undeclared assets at the Code of Conduct Bureau CCB as required by law,
THE OBSERVERS TIMES can authoritatively reveal. Our investigation revealed that Mr. Gbajiabiamila is reaching out to both the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau Professor Muhammed Isah and others he believes would aid him to nip the case in the bud to frustrate probe into the case of undeclared assets, following a petition to that effect by a group of Nigerians.
A petition addressed to the Chairman, Code of Conduct Bureau by some concerned citizens on the issue with the heading “Re-Petition on Alleged Breach of Code of Conduct For Public Officers” dated 13th June, 2019 with Ref. No CCB/HQ/IIM/007/1877.
The group is requesting that Mr. Lanre Gbajiabiamila, having violated the code of conduct of Public Officers by failing to declare his assets should step aside to allow for a detailed probe into the allegation of undeclared assets and other allegations which borders on leveraging in his office to perpetrate crimes bothering on corruption and fraud.
Recall that Lanre Gbajiabiamila was alleged to have employed a lady friend whom he paid between N450,000 and N500,000 monthly as his special aides. He hurriedly sacked the lady when alarm was raised by this medium. Aside from that, Gbajiabiamila allegedly used his office to bribe Senators through their aides, and hiding same under money spent on “oversight functions”. In a query from the office of the Auditor General For The Federation .
Mr. Gbajiabiamila was queried on why he gave money to the then Senate Committee Chairman on Sports Senator Obinna Ogba, using his aide.
Mr. Gbajiabiamila as well was accused of diverting monies meant for 2017 capital projects to companies, believed to have link with him, including paying for vehicles at over 200% over their market value even before a quotation was raised by the automobile company. One of the companies is Lanre Shittu Motors, where money was paid for a vehicle that was not in stock at the time order was made, even though payment has been made upfront without quotation and invoice from Lanre Shittu Motors.
In the same vein, a group of Nigerians under the auspices of League For Accountability and Social Justice has appealed to the Chairman of Code of Conduct to allow the law to run its course.
“We appeal to the Chairman of Code of Conduct Bureau not to allow himself to be dragged into alleged illegality. We understand there is pressure on him to cover for Mr. Lanre Gbajiabiamila. The chairman should realize that at the appropriate time, he would understand that the case is stormy and could consume whoever that is found culpable”