Embattled former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF)
Babachir David Lawal and National Intelligence Agency (NIA)
Director-General Ayo Oke are to be prosecuted by the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
After the Presidency announced the officers’ sack yesterday, there were
calls that they be handed over to the anti-graft agencies.
A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity,
Garba Shehu, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s position “is that
investigation agencies which have already commenced the investigation of
the two officers removed from office will go on with their work of
investigation without any interference or hindrance”.
“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,” Shehu
said, adding: “The President under our laws can, through the Attorney
General, enter a nolle prosequi to stop an ongoing 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
“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
“When and where they have reasonable grounds to charge former or serving
officers to court.
Lawal was suspended on April 19, following allegation of misappropriation
of fund meant for development of the Northeast .
The President based his decision on the report of the three- man panel
headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo which probed corruption allegations
against the two officials.