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Ambode is the immediate past governor of Lagos state (Image courtesy LTV)

Lawmakers in Lagos state, southwest Nigeria, on Thursday threatened to issue a warrant of arrest on the immediate past governor of the state Akinwunmi Ambode.

Concise News understands that the Lagos State House of Assembly also threatened to order the arrest of four others who served in the Ambode administration as commissioners.

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The former commissioners involved are Kazeem Adeniji (Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice), Olusegun Banjo (Commissioner for Budget), Akinyemi Ashade (Commissioner for Finance), and Wale Oluwo (Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources).

It was learned that the lawmakers’ decision followed two preliminary reports presented on by two ad-hoc committees set up by the House to probe the 820 buses purchased by Ambode.

The committee chairman, Fatai Mojeed, said that it was discovered that due process was not followed, claiming that the former governor used the refund of the Paris Club for the purchase of the buses without the approval of the House.

“He (Ambode) did not inform the House before commencing the purchase of the buses. Over N48 billion was spent on the purchase of the buses and N22 Billion was spent on import duties,” he said at plenary on Thursday.

“520 of the buses are still at the seaport.”

According to him, the Accountant General of the State told the committee that she depended on the approval of Ambode for the purchase of the buses and no payment voucher was made available to the committee.

He added, “They could not produce any newspaper where the purchase of the buses was advertised.

“The committee invited 20 stakeholders, 16 of them complied while four of them refused against the constitutional provision.”

As for the ad-hoc committee chairman on mid-year budget review, Gbolahan Yishawu, he alleged that the former commissioners were invited by his committee but refused to appear without giving any excuses for their absence.

Yishawu also claimed that the former governor gave some directives on spending without the approval of the lawmakers.