Falana Backs Jonathan, Wants Obasanjo Probed

26 Dec

Femi Falana

Femi Falana

Constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, Chief Femi Falana (SAN) yesterday commended President Goodluck Jonathan for reeling out a detailed letter in response to the missive written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to him. Accordingly, he told the president to direct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to reopen investigation into the Halliburton Scandal, Siemens Scandal and other corruption cases involving Obasanjo.

In a statement he personally issued on Monday, Falana also urged President Jonathan to sack his Aviation Minister, Princess Stella Oduah following her indictment in the alleged financial irregularities in the purchase of two bullet-proof cars to the tune of N225 million by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for the minister.

“In this regard, since the Aviation Minister, Ms Stella Oduah has been unanimously indicted by the presidential panel of inquiry, the EFCC and the Aviation Committee of the House of Representatives for illegally allocating N643 million for the purchase of two armoured cars, President Jonathan should remove her from office without any further delay”, he stated. Specifically, the legal luminary lauded the president for his decision “to request the National Human Rights Commission to investigate the allegation that snipers are being trained and armed to annihilate political opponents in the country”.

He, however, said “the investigation should cover the Killer Squad set up by Sani Abacha’s murderous regime whose members were not disarmed and de-mobilised by the Olusegun Obasanjo administration”. Falana also urged Jonathan to ensure that the allegations of official corruption and politically motivated killings are not swept under the carpet.

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