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Prominent Nigerians and civil society groups have demanded forex signals whatsapp prosecution of the sacked Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and the former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayodele Oke. President Muhammadu Buhari sacked the two public officers on Monday.
Before the sack, the President set up a panel headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to investigate allegations of financial impropriety levelled against the two. The panel submitted its findings and recommendations about six months ago but the President despite public criticisms failed to act on the report. He, however, did on Monday by announcing their disengagement from service reportedly in line with the recommendations made by the panel, whose report has yet to be made public. Reacting to the President’s action on Monday, notable Nigerians and groups said the sack was not enough, demanding more actions against the two. Peoples Democratic Party, the Ijaw Youth Congress, and civil society groups were among those that called on the President to take a more decisive action against the indicted officials.
Two Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Emeka Ngige and Yusuf Ali, who spoke to one of our correspondents in separate telephone interviews in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, argued that the two should be prosecuted if the Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo-led panel made such a recommendation. They argued that doing so would give the Buhari-led administration’s fight against corruption the required boost. If there is any issue of corruption or criminality, they should be prosecuted.
If the VP’s panel recommended that they should be prosecuted, nobody is above the law. If there is a recommendation for prosecution, they should be prosecuted. That is the only way the President can assure the country and the international community that nobody is above the law and it is not business as usual. Also reacting via the telephone, the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption Prof. Itse Sagay, said the sack was long overdue. Although I will like to put a caveat that government usually have a lot more information than the rest of us as the delay might have been discretionary due to the information they had. I was patient and I definitely endorse the final decision that has been taken.
Citing examples of corruption cases that were treated with levity by the Buhari administration, the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, said indicted Babachir Lawal and Ayodele Oke and others still in Buhari’s government should be handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for investigation and prosecution. EFCC as being done to others perceived as the President’s enemies. Fayose said that apart from prosecuting the sacked officials, the report of the panel that investigated them should be made public. 43m discovered in an apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos. The report should be made public.
25bn contracts without following due process against the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr Maikanti Baru. Nigerians are interested in the report of the panel that looked into the Department of State Service investigation that indicted Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, of corruption. They want to know why the former Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde, who was accused of corruption by the Senate, removed from office unceremoniously and declared wanted is now the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi, Lagos. He said the FG should explain the appointment of Ahmed Gambo Saleh, the Supreme Court Registrar who was indicted and put on trial for the alleged N2bn fraud as the Secretary of the National Judicial Council and the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee.
Most importantly, Nigerians are not carried away by the sacking of Babachir Lawal and Oke. Rather, they want to know what President Buhari has done to those behind the fraudulent reinstatement of Maina since the report on the reinstatement was submitted last week Tuesday as directed by the President. Similarly, the President of the Ijaw Youth Congress Worldwide, Mr. President to go beyond sacking them. They should be prosecuted in a competent court of law.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party has called on the National Assembly to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari over the way he handled the cases involving the removal of Lawal and Oke. The party accused the President of double standard. The spokesperson for the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, stated the party’s position in a statement in Abuja on Monday. The statement on the sacking of Babachir Lawal, the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Ayo Oke, the former Director General of Nigerian Intelligence Agency is a slap on the face of Nigerians. It is an insult on the collective intelligence of our people who have waited patiently for the President’s reaction on the humongous act of corruption by two of his principal aides and this is totally unacceptable. Adeyeye said that the party had earlier disagreed with the setting up of the panel headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to look into the corruption allegations against the two government officials. He said such cases were better handled by either the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission or the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission.
First and foremost, we had disagreed with the President last year when he decided to set up the panel headed by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to investigate the matter because we thought that was the wrong course of action to take. Social media was also agog with Nigerians calling for the prosecution of the duo. President that the sacking was not enough. The termination of appointment may just not be enough for the gravity of offences committed by the culprits. For instance, there might be the need to arraign them for trial and maybe subsequently serve jail terms. Sacking is a step in the right direction. Speaking in the same vein, a commentator, Kalu9909, said it was not enough to terminate their appointments.