SGF’s sack: Senate has been vindicated – Saraki

SGF’s sack: Senate has been vindicated – Saraki
SGF’s sack: Senate has been vindicated – Saraki

The President of the Senate Dr, Bukola Saraki has said that the sack of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babchir Lawal had vindicated the senate.

This is even as he has directed all committees of the Senate to quickly conclude all corruption investigations currently pending before them.

The President of the Senate also commended the Federal Government for doing the right thing by sacking the former SGF.

Saraki recalled that the travails of Lawal emanated from the senate when it commenced probe into the involvement of the former SGF in the alleged grass cutting scandal in the North East.

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Speaking on the sacking of the former SGF, Saraki said that it was now clear that the senate was justified in exposing and fighting corruption..

“It has been a tough journey to defend the institution. I want to commend the government for doing what is right.

“When we started the investigation, we were being blackmailed but we will continue in our commitment to fight corruption, non selective.
“We will not go back on our promise to expose corruption: any case that is brought to us we assure you that we will investigate it and expose it.
“There are some corruption investigations going on in the senate, committees ensure that your investigations are concluded on time and you submit you reports,” he said.

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Currently, the Senate is investigating the alleged N25 billion contract scam, involving the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikainti Baru.

The Senate is also probing the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris over allegation of corruption and abuse of office brought against him by a serving senator, Isah Misau.

Also on the top of the Senate’s investigation is allegation of misappropriation of funds and non-remittances to the Federation Account against some revenue agencies and other ministries, departments and agencies of government.

While moving the motion earlier, Deputy Leader of the Senate, Bala Ibn Na’Allah stressed that the issue surrounding the sacking of the former SGF started from the senate.

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He said that the outcome of the investigation had vindicated the Senate in its poise to expose and fight corruption wherever it was found.

He recalled with regret how the senate was harassed when it began the investigation into the matter.


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