... Lawyers dif­fer

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By John Chuks Azu

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?”

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