In a proactive move to safeguard the integrity of Lagos State University (LASU), the Lagos State House of Assembly, during its session on Tuesday, unanimously resolved to invite key stakeholders in the wake of serious allegations of extortion and certificate racketeering leveled against the esteemed educational institution.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa expressed caution, pointing out the source of these allegations, suggesting a potential motive of blackmail.
Nonetheless, the Speaker acknowledged the importance of addressing the issue to protect the reputation of LASU.
“I agree that the committee should invite those to be invited to establish facts about the allegation, but we must not because that destroy our institution’s reputation.”
Dr. Obasa, who is an alumnus of LASU, emphasized the need for a thorough investigation into the matter while emphasizing that individuals found culpable should face appropriate sanctions.
The motion was raised by Hon. Owolabi Ajani under the title ‘Matter of Urgent Public Importance.’
He stressed the necessity of inviting the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Mr. Tolani Akibu, the Vice Chancellor of LASU, Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, as well as other relevant officials to uncover the truth behind the allegations.
Additionally, Hon. Sa’ad Olumoh advocated for the involvement of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) unit of the institution in the investigation.
Notably, Hon. Desmond Elliot and Hon. Ladi Ajomale, both alumni of LASU, wholeheartedly supported the call for a thorough investigation into the alleged certificate racketeering.