Buhari has ordered the prosecution of Babachir, Oke: Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has revealed that president Buhari has ordered the prosecution of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation(SGF), Babachir Lawal and the former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency(NIA), Ayo Oke. Both have corruption charges on them.

Babachir Lawal was indicted by a Senate investigating committee for misappropriation of funds meant for Internally Displaced People(IDPs) and subsequently fired by the president. He is alleged to have spent N500 million on clearing grasses. Ayo Oke was implicated in the discovery of $43 million in an Ikoyi apartment and was removed from office.

Osinbajo, who disclosed this at an event held in his honour by Christian youths, under the aegis of Ikeja branch of GRILL in Lagos, said Lawal and Oke were recommended for prosecution by the committee he heads.

In his words:

“I think the first thing for us is that the report was acted upon; the former SGF was dismissed. Second, the President has directed that the SGF and former DG of NIA be prosecuted. “So, we are expecting that prosecution will take place. The next, of course, is that criminal allegations will be filed against them and the prosecution process will be completed.” He blamed corruption for the woes of the country, adding that stealing was not taking place under the current government.

Osinbajo further said: “Corruption has had detrimental effects on Nigeria’s economy. This country was subjected to corruption for many years. Grand corruption perpetuated by previous governments is responsible for the state of the economy.

“Many of the projects in the country initiated by the previous government are not completed because of corruption. Grand corruption makes people start projects and never complete them.”

“Grand corruption is when the head of government takes money from the treasury and shares it to the people. “You will never find people stealing from the public treasury under this administration. The same individuals who robbed this country are saying they want to come back and fix the problems.”

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