Lagos Assembly probes 3 missing helicopters, summons officials

Lagos State House of Assembly during a plenary as they probe the usage of three missing helicopters
Emeh Joy

The Lagos State House of Assembly has summoned four- the Chief of Staff to Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu, Mr Tayo Ayinde; the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Sam Egube; Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Tayo Bamgbose-Martins; and the management of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund over the usage of the three helicopters belonging to the state government.

The issue was raised by the Chief Whip of the House, Mrs Mojisola Meranda, under Matters of Urgent Public Importance during the plenary on Monday.

According to Meranda, the contractual agreement signed by the Lagos State Government and the entity entrusted to maintain the assets should be probed.

"In 2015, three helicopters were bought under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to strengthen security in the state. But, the helicopters are nowhere to be found now.

"I will want us to look at it and get the concerned parties to tell the House the location of the three helicopters to see if they are just lying fallow or if the state government has entered into an agreement with an entity on the equipment and see to what extent the agreement has been working", she said.

The Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, pointed out that the helicopters were meant for security and commercial purposes.

He said the House should know what had accrued to the state from the helicopters so far, adding that it was the first time the Assembly would be talking about the equipment.

"We need to know what has happened to the helicopters", the Speaker said.

He directed that the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni writes all relevant offices and MDAs to give account on the procurement and maintenance of the three helicopters.

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