President Buhari Finally Clears The Air, As EFCC, ICPC, DSS, Warm Up For The Immediate Arrest Of Ex-SGF, Babachir Lawal

By Post Nigeria October 31, 2017 14:47

President Buhari Finally Clears The Air, As EFCC, ICPC, DSS, Warm Up For The Immediate Arrest Of Ex-SGF, Babachir Lawal

Following widespread calls for the prosecution of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, and former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ayo Oke, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the nation’s security and anti-corruption agencies were free to go after the sacked officials.

Buhari disclosed this through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement made available to Journalists.

The statement read: “The President has taken the administrative action. All other actions will be taken by relevant government agencies.

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

“The President who is fully conversant with the provisions of the Constitution, will not stop the investigation of anyone, because he has no such power under our laws. This is a decision of the Supreme Court.

“The President under our laws, can through the Attorney-General, enter a nolle prosequi to stop an on-going trial. He may upon conviction, order a pardon.

“Beyond these, the President cannot order investigation agencies to not investigate anyone, and does not intend to do in this, or any other circumstance.

“Based on his wish and desire for a strict observance of the law, the President expects the EFCC, ICPC, and such agencies to proceed with ongoing investigations.

“When and where they have reasonable grounds to charge former or serving officers to court under our laws, they do not require the permission of the President to do so.”

 

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