President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to investigate the involvement of any top government officials accused of any wrong-doing, assuring that they will be prosecuted if found guilty.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a two-paragraphs statement released late last night, said the action followed numerous media report accusing some officials in the Buhari’s administration of being corrupt.
The Senate’s ad-hoc committee on the humanitarian crisis in the North East had last week accused the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, of handing out fraudulent contracts to his company in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the North East.
The Senate had also declined to confirm Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), saying the action was based on security report.
Magu has been acting as EFCC Chairman in the past one year and President Buhari requested the Senate to confirm him last July. But the Senate declined last week citing a report by the Directorate of State Services (DSS) on the integrity of the acting EFCC chair.
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 officials accused of any wrong-doing. If any of them are liable they will not escape prosecution.”
In a related development, the Senate will this week formally present its report on the rejection of the confirmation of Magu to the Presidency This is coming at a time when the Socio-Economic Rights Accountability (SERAP) has petitioned the United Nations, saying the Senate’s decision was politically motivated.