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CACOL Osinbajo Panel is a waste of time – Group says

According to reports, the acting EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu was grilled by the panel for hours.

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The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has described the Yemi Osinbajo led presidential panel as a waste of time.

President Buhari set up a panel to investigate allegations of corruption levelled against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.

The panel is also to probe the recovery of millions of dollars by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos state.

CACOL also accused Buhari of planning to sweep the issue under the carpet and let the accused persons go free.

According to Daily Post, CACOL’s Executive Director, Debo Adeniran said “This is where it was of public knowledge that Lawal only sent his secretary to the senators when he was invited and when given the second opportunity, he went to obtain court injunction against Senate invitation.

“It is our belief that if Babachir has any good defense for his action he would have been in a hurry to meet with the Senate committee to clear his name. But we think this is another chance for the AGF to redeem his image by proving critics wrong that he is capable of doing thorough job.

“The body language we are getting from the FG of recent is of a government now buckling down to serious business. We trust that the Vice President, as a man of proven integrity himself, must have assembled a team he believed would midwife foolproof investigation and come up with impeccable findings.

“The country is at the edge of a precipice and I don’t think this government has the time to elongate keeping those who are not in same spirit with it in office.

“There’s no need for the Yemi Osinbajo’’s Panel since the agencies established by the Nigerian laws are available and capable of handling the cases at hand.

“The trio of VP, CJN, NSA all have works of national importance to do; the VP for example has a lot of executive roles to play in supporting the President who is aged and cannot do much runnings around.

“The AGF has a lot of work to do prosecuting cases for the FG, supervising the Anti-Corruption Agencies and other Law Enforcement bodies too and advising the executive on legal cum judicial issues.

“The NSA on the other hand has a lot of security issues to monitor and tackle like the Boko Haram insurgency, Southern Kaduna killings, Militancy in NigerDelta, Ogun and Lagos States, Herdsmen invasion of several communities and several other security issues he needs to monitor and advise the FG on.

“However, while we hopeful of a thorough job, we call on government not to delay in dispensing justice when the crimes are established by the first-instance detectors; in this case, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Crimes, ICPC for the former SGF and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for the former DG NIA.

“The case of Ambassador Femi Oke is both an Economic and a Financial Crime, so his case is expected to be transferred to the EFCC.

“Babachir Lawal’s case on the other hand should be handed to the ICPC because his case bothers on Conflict of Interest, nepotism and misappropriation of Funds.

“The Presidency should not use bureaucracy of the panel to buy time for these suspected Criminals of the Federal Republic to perfect their strategies of evading justice nor give anyone a soft landing benefits.

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“If such is the reason for Osinbajo panel, it will rubbish the whole anti-corruption fight that the Buhari-led Administration is known for as well as the name and records the President, Vice-President and other cabinet members involved have built for themselves over the years."

According to reports, the acting EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu was grilled by the panel for hours.

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