A coalition of Civil Society groups comprising of Competent Governance for Accountability and Civic Trust, South-South Youth Peace Mission and other Civil Society groups in the country have accused some section of the media of disseminating a mischievous story targeted at destroying the reputation of Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.nationspride.com.ng/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Mudashiru-Obasa-2.jpeg 500w, http://www.nationspride.com.ng/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Mudashiru-Obasa-2-300x190.jpeg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" />
The groups in a press release jointly signed under the leadership of Amb. Omoba Michael and Comrade Godwin Erheriene, as the conveners on Tuesday in Abuja, asked those media houses to stop misleading the public.
According to the release, “Unarguably religion plays a major role in the life of the people. To some it is their candlelight; it gives them insight, wisdom, and knowledge. Therefore, it is expected that the teaching of religion should reflect in the lives of the people.
“While it is right to encourage outstanding actions and condemn mediocre deeds, the intent and manner have done matters. In recent years, social media has been hijacked by those who are stock in trade of fake news and seek the downfall of persons, organization or Nations perceived to be excelling in their chosen endeavors.
“Based on fact findings, is not possible for anyone to have more than one account in one bank with two different dates of birth and different names in with one BVN.
“Officials of Ecobank, Wema Bank and Polaris have denied that Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa is operating multiple bank accounts with them.
“Some representatives of the banks spoke before the 9-man House Adhoc Committee on fact-finding and investigation on the corruption allegations against Speaker Mudashiru Obasa being circulated on social media recently.”
“The bank officials stated that it was not possible for an individual to operate multiple accounts with one Bank Verification Number (BVN). The Committee is headed by Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo Constituency 1).” The statement said.
Present during the meeting were Hon. Rotimi Olowo, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu, Hon. Lukmon Olumoh and Hon. Mojisola Alli-Macaulay.
A Business Development Officer with Wema Bank, Mr. Adekunle Adeleke said that the BVN server did not reserve with any bank, and that it is with the CBN.
“The BVN and the accounts stated in the story is not correct and they don’t belong to the Speaker of the Assembly.
“It is not possible for a BVN to have two dates of births. If they do so, it would be rejected in another bank, they would have to swear to an affidavit so that it would be the same.
“If it should be changed, it would be backed up by marriage certificate or sworn affidavit,” he stated.
Adeleke stressed that the companies stated by those media houses in their reports had no linkage with Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.
He added that the name, signature, and other details in the story has no relationship with Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.