Documents have shown that the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, approved millions for a police commissioner and top lawyers barely few days to the 2023 general election.
According to documents released by the Public Procurement awards by the state government in 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2023, the State Government approved the sum of N24.5 million for the renovation of the official residence of the state commissioner of police barely few days to the general elections.
The approval for the project executed by Omay Engineering Services Ltd was dated February 6, which was a few days before the February 25 general election.
Aside the money spent on renovation, the state Ministry of Justice paid N200 million to four senior lawyers to represent Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat in pre-election matters.
The Lagos State Government also released N20.8 million for the decoration of the venue for political delegates’ congress.
However, the money was approved on June 26, more than three months after the 2023 general elections.
Furthermore, the sum of N6.1 million was approved in July for the provision of furniture items at the campaign office, GRA, Ikeja. Political commentators said it is wrong for taxpayers’ money to be used to fund political activities.
The government also approved N152 million for the restoration of water supply at Iduganran palace, the official residence of the Oba of Lagos.