Lawyers have reacted to the unlawful decision of the Federal Government to clear the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai on his acquisition of properties in Dubai.
Lawyers have questioned the character and motive of the Federal Government who decided to clear the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai on his acquisition of properties in Dubai.
Stating that it’s only security agencies that have the statutory duty to clear the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai on his acquisition of properties in Dubai.
Speaking on this, Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, an activist lawyer have said the clean bill of health handed to the army chief has cast a slur on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. it has only exposed the hypocrisy of the Buhari administration as not fighting the war against corruption on a clean slate. “why didn’t they allow the agencies of government such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to properly investigate (the matter)”. “The Minister of Defence and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation have no statutory authority to undertake criminal investigation.”
However, Buratai’s clearance did not represent the position of government. “How can they be the ones to clear him? Are they security agencies? If somebody is alleged to have committed a crime, can another agency that has no constitutional powers clear him? On what basis did they clear him? They should have allowed the EFCC to investigate the man. It sounds ridiculous. That cannot be clearance.” Said Mr. Monday Ubani
Stating it as a laughable clearance.
The Chairman of Ogun State chapter of Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) in Ogun State, Comrade Olayinka Folarin describes it as a calamity and he “finds it difficult to believe that the Federal Government, who claim to fight corruption in Nigeria, will clear Buratai, an army officer who is supposed to lead by example.
Therefore, the clearance is a big calamity and a dent on agenda and war against corruption fought by President Muhammadu Buhari. It also reveals that the corruption war is lopsided and selective which means that some people will keep enjoying immunity even when they are supposed to be investigated and punished.”
An Abuja based human rights lawyer, Mr Ugochukwu Osuagwu said what is important is whether Buratai declared the Dubai property in his asset declaration form or not. “If he did, no problem. But, if Buratai didn’t declare them on appointment as COAS, then, he should be prosecuted”