Senator Shehu Sani has threatened that the Senate will publish documents incriminating suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, if the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo-led panel failed to make the investigation open.
DAILY POST earlier reported that Lawal was indicted by the Senate committee on humanitarian crisis in the north-east for allegedly awarding a N200 million contract for the clearing of grass at IDP camp in Yobe state to a company in which he has interest.
Last week, Lawal was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari and a committee headed by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo was set up to investigate the allegation against him and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA. Ayo Oke
However, the Chairman of the Senate committee on Humanitarian Crisis in North-East, Shehu Sani, said in as much as he supported the anti-graft policy of the Buhari-administration, he was opposed to “secret trial” of Lawal.
Sani said this while addressing journalists in Kaduna yesterday.
He was reacting to a statement by the Vice President’s Spokesman that the panel’s proceedings will be closed sessions.
Sani argued that if the investigation is done behind closed doors, outcome of a secret investigation might not meet the expectations of Nigerians.
“If Osinbajo committee has chosen a close session, the senate committee will conduct an open session and provide the general public all the documents which we have and which we used to indict public officials who profited from unwholesome deals.
“I have a fear that Osinbajo committee will end up as in-house or family affair as it is. So, I call on the Federal Government to make everything public for Nigerians to know.”
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