Corruption In Presidency: Buhari Orders Probe Of Lawal Babachir, Ibrahim Magu

Corruption In Presidency: Buhari Orders Probe Of Lawal Babachir, Ibrahim Magu

By Abdul Jummai | Politics Reporter on December 19, 2016
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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari pictured during his Al Jazeera interview in Qatar | Al Jazeera

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, to commence investigation of the Lawal Babachir, secretary to government of the federation, SGF, Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and other  government officials allegedly accused of wrongdoing.

This information was made known by Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson, who issued a statement on Facebook on Sunday, December 18, 2016.

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,” the statement said.

“In that regard, President Buhari has instructed the attorney-general of the federation to investigate the involvement of any top government officials accused of any wrong-doing.

“If any of them are liable they will not escape prosecution.’’

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.

Hajiya Naja’atu Muhammed, a member of the ruling APC, also called on President Buhari to remove some of his aides being accused of various cases of corrupt practices.

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