Sequel to the allegation of corruption levelled against Mr. Babachir Lawal, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Pres. Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday (yesterday), instructed the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN), to probe all top government officials accused of corruption.
This is according to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who stated this in a two-paragraph statement on his Facebook page.
Shehu said any of the government officials 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.”
Although Shehu did not mention names, 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 Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu.
Meanwhile, a human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has called on Pres. Buhari to fulfill his vow not to protect sacred cows in his government by immediately sacking the SGF.
The call came on the heels of an allegation by the Senate that the SGF awarded contracts to a company, Rholavision Engineering Limited, allegedly belonging to him in the Internally Displaced Persons camps (IDPs).
The Senate had at a plenary on Wednesday called for the removal and prosecution of the SGF following alleged complicity in contract award in the IDP camps in the North-East.
Lawal, who denied all the allegations, described them as ‘balderdash‘ even as he said they were aimed at pulling him down.