NLC declares Osinbajo unfit to investigate SGF’s case

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[Abuja]–The Nigeria Labour Congress has decried the membership of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in the panel which has been established to conduct investigations on the suspended Secretary to the Federal government and the Director General, National Intelligence Agency.

THE PAGE had earlier reported the suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayodele Oke on April 19, 2017, after the announcement through a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adeshina.

However, while the NLC through its General secretary, Peter Ozo-Eson had commended the development, he criticized the government for appointing Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, as the head of such committee.

“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.”

“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. 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,” he said.

Recall that THE PAGE reported that while the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr David Babachir Lawal, was alleged of misconduct in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE), the Director General of the NIA, Ambassador Ayo Oke, was suspended over the claim of the agency of the large amounts of foreign and local currencies discovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The statement further stated that a three-man Committee comprising the Hon. Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, and the National Security Adviser, headed by the Vice President, has been established to conduct both investigations and submit its report to the President within 14 days.

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