Buhari says he expects EFCC, ICPC to investigate Lawal, Oke

Faith Castro
November 1, 2017

The Nigeria Senate on Tuesday threw weight behind the sack of former Secretary to the government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and former Director General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke.

The declaration followed personal explanation by Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na'Allah.

"What Nigerians expected from a president who rode to power on the basis of integrity, is a total cleansing of his government...[not] setting up [a] panel to investigate corruption allegations involving his men and reluctantly sacking a few of them", Fayose wrote in a statement cited by The Guardian.

Consequently the President has appointed Mr Boss Mustapha as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Saraki recalled that the travails of Lawal emanated from the senate when it commenced probe into the involvement of the former SGF in the alleged grass cutting scandal in the North East. I want to commend the government for doing what is right.

He noted that Senate would continue to beam its searchlight on corrupt public officials with a view to exposing them.

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He, however, called for expedited action on other investigations pending before committees of the Senate.

"When we started tis crusade, the same Nigerians that we were fighting for were paid to close down the National Assembly in the name of Occupy Nass".

Also on the top of the Senate's investigation is allegation of misappropriation of funds and non-remittances to the Federation Account against some revenue agencies and other ministries, departments and agencies of government.

"The position of the President, therefore, is that investigation agencies which have already commenced the investigation of the two officers removed from office will go on with their work of investigation without any interference or hindrance".

Na'Allah said, " Mr. President we can not claim not to know that between Monday and Tuesday there has been official confirmation of the appointment of a new Secretary to the Government of the Federation and of course, the termination or whatever of the appointment former occupier of that office.

But the committee found that all the contracts were "awarded under the principle of emergency procurement stipulated in section 43 (i) and (ii) but absolute disregard for sub-section (iii) of the same section 43 of the Public Procurement Act".

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