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President Buhari orders Probe of Magu, Lawal, & Other “top government officials accused of wrongdoing”



President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to commence investigation of all government officials allegedly accused of wrongdoing.

Garba Shehu, the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, made this known in his facebook page on Sunday.

He said that the president, who expressed concern over the increasing media reports alleging various accusations of corruption against certain individuals in government, has vowed to prosecute any government official found wanting in the discharge of his/her responsibility.

“The attention of the presidency has been drawn to a number of reports in the media in which various accusations of corruption have been levelled against some top officials in the administration.

In that regard, President Buhari has instructed the Attorney General of the Federation to investigate the involvement of any top government official accused of any wrongdoing.

If any of them are liable they will not escape prosecution,” he said.

Some government officials, including Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu and others were allegedly accused of various wrongdoings by the Senate.

The Senate on Thursday rejected the nomination of Magu as substantive chairman of the EFCC, attributing its decision on damaging security reports against him.

However, a fact-check by PREMIUM TIMES revealed that the Department of State Security (DSS) report, which is the foundation on which the Senate made its claims, were untrue.

Lawal was accused (by the senate) of using his company to divert funds meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Lawal dismissed the senate’s allegations and subsequent call for his resignation. Addressing journalists last week, the SGF said “the senate is talking balderdash,” adding that he was no longer a director at the company which received over N270m to cut “invasive plant species”.

1 Comment

  1. NG

    December 19, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Tragic nation. Where people lack perception, judgment and sincerity of purpose and intentions.
    A nation where people can be led by the nose year in year out by rogues masquerading as leaders. Just play a religious or ethnic card, even a slight one, and the rowdy mob start hyper ventilating and gyrating and panting behind bands of rogues called leaders.

    ‘…president, who expressed concern over the increasing media reports alleging various accusations of corruption against certain individuals in government.’ Place emphasis on ‘increasing’. The much hyped change govt will even wait for reports to become ‘increasing’ before it will act? Not suggesting governance should stop to attend every allegation, but pray, where are the structures to prevent corrupt practices and not fight after the deed is done? What governance structures are in place for due diligence in contracting processes? What structures are on ground to enable Nigerians spill beans on rogue leaders without fear? What transparency is there in how our federal wealth is spent state by state? Where can I go and check what my state gets out of total available FGN resources against what the President’s state gets?

    I can never El-Rufai answering back a reporter on national TV when accussed of favouring his friends and family in allocating land as FCT minister and his question was ”…should I allocate them to my enemies?’ He lacked sense of conflicts of interest and am sure he still does as a governor, just like most of our so-called leader. Sorry, I will correct myself, they don’t lack a sense of it, they relish corruption and it is in their DNA. Tell me what perks of office the president and VP have given up since they came on board? These perks are corrupt enrichments put in place by previous administrations and are still enjoyed by the present band.

    Burutai has been shielded by the govt even after revelations of his acquisitions in Dubai (and other places I think) on a military man’s salary in Nigeria.

    A lot or rot and my people are busy deluding themselves on sainthood in present leaders.

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