The Lagos State Government has said the newly signed anti-corruption law is not geared towards protecting Bola Tinubu, a former national leader of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).
Gbenga Omotosho, the state commissioner for information said the insinuations that the law seeks to provide protection to anyone are a product of the fertile imagination of critics.
“The idea that the law is to protect either Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu or anybody is highly speculative, presumptuous and in the conjectural imagination of anybody thinking so. It’s out of place for anybody to think that a law will be made because of a section of the society or some personalities,” Mr Omotosho said on Tuesday when he featured on an ARISE News program, The Morning Show.
“That’s not the aim of the law. Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor, said very clearly when he signed the law that he signed it for accountability so that people won’t misappropriate the state’s funds and get away with it.
“Why is it that people are talking about some personalities when you talk about corruption, they are not even talking about contractors who may go away with the state’s money without doing any job. There are many people who are supposed to be reined in through this law, not just some people.”
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had signed the law establishing an anti-corruption agency with exclusive rights to investigate cases of corruption that have to do with Lagos state.
Promoters of the law say the agency will assist and complement investigations of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
Critics have however questioned the motive of the law. Human rights lawyer Dele Farotimi told ARISE News on Monday that the law seeks to protect the “ruling hegemony” in the state.
By Abel Ejikeme