The Honourable Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji was on Friday interrogated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over an alleged N7 billion fraud. Honourable Ikuforiji who was invited by the anti graft body arrived at the commission’s headquarters around 10am on Friday 2nd of September 2011.
Street Journal’s investigations revealed that a number of allegations had been made against the legislator and such included one that he had been convicted by a court in the United States of America and many others bothering on corruption and perjury.
One of the allegations states that Honourable Ikuforiji has used his position as Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly to collect a monthly running cost of N500 million and that the last 14 months, he has collected about N7 billion which he has been using to buy properties abroad through proxies and his automobile company called Brown Motors, located at 2 Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Maryland, Ikeja Lagos.
Honourable Ikuforiji was also alleged to have committed perjury by denying his record of conviction in his INEC forms submitted in 2007 and 2011. It was alleged that he was committed twice in the United States in 2001 and 2005.
In a petition to the EFCC, a group claimed that Ikuforiji was first convicted in 2001 after his arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol on April 22, 2001 in Wake County, North Carolina. The petitioners quoted his court record with case number 2001CR040190 which gave Ikuforiji’s home address then as 2116 Saturn Street, Raleigh, NC 27603.
The group also alleged discrepancies in the Speaker’s date of birth. It was alleged that his records in the United States showed that he was born on August 15, 1958 but that in one of the institutions he attended in Romania, the date of birth on his file read August 24, 1954, yet in another Romanian school record, he claimed he was born on August 24, 1956. And in his records at the Lagos State House of Assembly, his date of birth was given as August 24, 1958.