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Nigeria’s anti-graft agency quietly unfreezes bank accounts of key Tinubu ally

By Ben Ezeamalu

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Posted on September 8, 2023 11:25

Lagos State Speaker Mudashiru Obasa. (Photo: Wikipedia)
Lagos State Speaker Mudashiru Obasa. (Photo: Wikipedia)

A judge gave the order behind closed doors to release the bank accounts of Lagos Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, who is close to President Bola Tinubu.

In September 2020, a federal high court in Lagos froze the bank accounts of speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly Mudashiru Obasa, following an application made by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

At the time, the agency said the accounts were being investigated ‘for the offences of conspiracy, diversion of funds, abuse of office, and money laundering’.

Court documents seen by The Africa Report show that Justice Nicholas Oweibo granted an order to unfreeze the accounts on 16 August, after an application by Obasa’s lawyers.

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