osinbajo not qualify to prob SGF…

ABUJA —The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has commended

President Muhammadu Buhari for suspending Secretary to the

Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. David Babachir Lawal

and Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, NIA,

Ambassador Ayo Oke.

Ag Pres Osinbajo

This came as Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities,

SSANU, yesterday, urged the President to purge his cabinet of

corrupt elements, saying “a lot of them have one mess or the

other.”

Reacting to the suspension of the SGF and the D-G, NIA, General

Secretary of the NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, wondered why the

Vice President should be the person to investigate criminal

allegations against the SGF.

He said: “Well, we think that it is something that is positive.

There are those who will say that it has taken long, particularly

the issue of the SGF. Well, government has now decided to

suspend them and investigation is going on, it is fine.

“But what we don’t understand is how an administrative

committee, chaired by the Vice President, will be investigating

what is an alleged criminal offence. However, whatever

processes they have chosen to adopt, what is important is that

they need to bring the facts before the nation.

“We need to know that there are no sacred cows and at the end

of the day, we hope that justice will be done and citizens will be

able to attest that justice has been done.”

On whether the president should extend the action to other

political office holders having corruption allegations against

them, Ozo-Eson said the normal practice was that people with

established corruption cases against them should step aside.

He said:  “Once there are allegations of corruption and there are

prima facie cases established while such investigation is going

on, the normal practice is that people step aside, or are

suspended or they remove themselves from the process.”

Also reacting to the suspension, National President of SSANU,

Comrade Samson Chijioke Ugwoke, said: “Should Buhari be

serious with his anti-graft campaign, the Presidency should not

be investigating the SGF and others.

“If somebody in the Presidency is accused of corruption, the

usual anti-corruption agencies that investigate other ones,

should also investigate the SGF. The Presidency should not

investigate Presidency, nobody should be a judge in his own

case.

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