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Lagos House probe panel to sit in camera, says Chairman

By Gbenga Akanmu
CONTRARY to announcement by the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Adeyemi Ikuforiji, that the six-man ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the financial misappropriation levelled at Governor Babatunde Fashola and the lawmakers, would sit in the open,  Chairman of the panel, Rasak Balogun, yesterday said he could  modify what the Speaker said.

The Speaker at the inauguration of the panel on Wednesday said: “That the setting up of the panel was not aimed at witch hunting anyone, person, corporate body, government, department or agencies, rather it is to show the whole world that we have nothing to hide and that democracy is alive here in our clime.

“As I made it abundantly clear to a few demonstrators who came to the premises of the Assembly on Monday, February 1, 2010 that in view of their demands and in keeping faith with the responsibility of the Assembly, the activities of the panel of enquiry shall be carried out in the open, in the full glare of everyone to demonstrate to the whole world that we have no hidden agendas whatsoever.”

Balogun who was approached by newsmen yesterday to clarify if journalists would be allowed to cover the investigation since the Speaker had said the investigation would be made public, said: “It is true that the Speaker said so, but I, as the Chairman, has the right to modify what the Speaker said.”

On when the panel would commence its job, he said: “We have not fixed a date yet, may be Monday.”


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