Babachir David Lawal

The Presidency has given an indication that President Muhammadu Buhari is set to come up with the final decision on the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal.

Special Assistant to the President on Prosecutions, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla who spoke on the issue to The Punch, said: “the President is in the process of coming out with a report.”

According to him, the issue is an administrative process because it was not clear if what Babachir did was corruption or if it was an infringement on the economic or financial laws in the country.

“An administrative panel of enquiry (the Osinbajo-led panel) has submitted its report to the President. After that, a committee would be set up to review and then come out with a White Paper.

“It is not automatic. A White Paper would be the government’s position on the issue. The committee can make 10 recommendations and the White Paper may accept two. So, the President is in that process of coming out with a report.

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“So, the President must follow due process before coming to a conclusion. Even if that report comes out, the President does not have powers to investigate the crime.

“The Nigeria Police Force, EFCC, ICPC, and so on are the only bodies that have powers to investigate the crime. That matter has to be investigated and if a prima facie case is established, then that person can be taken to court. Nigerians must just be patient.” [myad]