Lagos lawyer Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) yesterday urged the Senate to send its report indicting Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir David Lawal, for alleged abuse of office, to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offences Commission (ICPC “without any further delay”
In a statement, he said this was necessary “since the findings of the Senate have not been challenged by the federal government.”
Falana said: “With respect, the Presidency made a mistake in asking the Senate to “pardon” the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir David Lawal who has not denied the grave allegations of corruption made against him. Unlike Mr. Ibrahim Magu whose nomination is subject to the confirmation of the Senate Mr. Lawal was recommended for removal and prosecution by the Senate. So the Senate cannot ignore or set aside the findings of the Senator Shehu Sanni-led Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North East region.
“However, the criminal diversion of funds earmarked for the provision of relief materials to provide succour for internally displaced people is akin to crimes against humanity.
“Therefore, the former public officers who stole the fund allocated for the purchase of weapons to fight the Boko Haram terrorists and the serving public officers who diverted the fund earmarked for the rehabilitation of internally displaced persons deserve to be prosecuted in like manner by the federal government which has said that there would be no sacred cows in the fight against corruption.
“To that extent any attempt to sweep the serious allegations of corrupt practices involving the Secretary to the Government of the Fedeation, Mr Babachir David Lawal, under the carpet will create a moral crisis for the war against corruption and impunity in the country.” (The Nation)