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Monday, 19 December 2016

Buhari Orders AGF To Probe SGF Lawal, Others

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Following allegation of corruption leveled against Babachir Lawal, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to probe all top government officials accused of corruption.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated this in a two-paragraph statement.

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

The statement read, “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.”

Top government officials who have been accused of corruption so far, included the SGF, the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; and the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.

Meanwhile, a human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has called on President Buhari to fulfill his vow not to protect sacred cows in his government.

The days ahead will tell how far things would go.