Published On: Mon, Dec 19th, 2016

Buhari Orders Probe Of SGF, Babachir Lawal

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By Sadiq Umar – President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered investigation into accusations of wrongdoing leveled against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said in a statement on Sunday that the President has instructed the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to investigate the involvement of any top government official accused of any wrongdoing.

Mr. Lawal is the latest among top government officials in Buhari’s government accused of wrongdoing by the senate.

The SGF is facing allegations of corruption concerning his alleged role in supply contracts meant for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the north-east.

Last Wednesday, the senate called for Mr. Lawal’s resignation following a report by its ad-hoc committee on the “mounting humanitarian crisis in the North East.”

Other top government officials earlier accused of wrongdoing include, Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, and the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, whom the senate last week turned down President Buhari’s request for confirmation as substantive chairman.

Mr. Shehu stated that any government official found guilty of the allegations levelled against them would not escape prosecution.

“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,” the statement added.

 

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