... Lawyers differ
Some lawyers yesterday disagreed over the allegations of misconduct against key public officials in President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
There had been accusations that the presidency was shielding some public officials indicted in the arms procurement probe. The officials include former Chief of Army Staff and now Minister of Interior, Lt. General Abdulrahman Danbazzau and his successor, Lt. General Tukur Buratai.
Questions had also been raised over the appointment of the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, despite an indictment by a Rivers State Panel of Inquiry. Also, the allegation that Buratai acquired a $1.5m property in Dubai while in service, stirred controversy.
Reacting, Abuja-based lawyer, Ugochukwu Osuagwu, said the explanation by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) that the property of Buratai in the United Arab Emirates, was duly filed in his asset declaration form was clear enough.
He said having included the said property as belonging to his wife in his assets form, Buratai had not breached any law, adding that criticisms over the property were intended to distract him from the ongoing war against insurgents in the North-east.
Another lawyer, Yusuf Ali (SAN), said it would be wrong for the officials to resign on mere allegation, which has not been substantiated.
He said: “An allegation should not lead to resignation, especially one done maliciously. If it turns out not to be true, and you have already resigned, what have you done?”