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Handover Lawal And Oke To EFCC Now! SERAP Urge President Buhari

Eniola Awokoya

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the federal government to ”go a step further” on the investigation of the former secretary to the government of the federation Babachir Lawal and NIA DG Ayo Oke.

SERAP wants President Buhari to instruct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to be swift in the investigation and subsequent prosecution of the duo.

Recall that President Buhari, had ordered the immediate sack of the two men who have been on suspension for over three months.

Oke, who was the Director-General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, had claimed ownership of the monies discovered in an Ikoyi apartment while Lawal was indicted for corruption, by the senate committee on the humanitarian crisis in the north-east

In the statement signed by SERAP’s deputy director Timothy Adewale and made available to newsmen on Tuesday, the group said ”though the sack is coming rather late, it is a positive development in the fight against “grand corruption.”

“This government now has a real opportunity to reassure a lot of Nigerians who may be worried about the direction of travel of the president’s anti-corruption agenda that there will be no sacred cow as far as the fight against corruption is concerned.

“What the government needs at this time is a revolutionary approach to the fight against corruption if Buhari is to show his commitment to ‘kill’ corruption before corruption ‘kills’ Nigeria.

“Without effective prosecution of high-ranking public officials charged with corruption, this government’s fight against corruption may sadly turn out to be all motion and no movement, and this will eventually undermine the legitimacy of the anti-corruption efforts.”