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$25bn contract scam: Order EFCC probe, suspend Baru indefinitely, Falana tells Buhari

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), on Sunday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to refer the $25bn contract scam allegations leveled against the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Maikanti Baru, to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for investigation.

He also said, in a statement that, during EFCC’s investigation “into the grave allegations of the reckless contravention of the provisions of the  Public Procurement Act” the President should place Baru on an indefinite suspension.

He also called on Buhari to relinquish the position of the substantive Minister of Petroleum Resources due to the President’s “busy schedule” and appoint another Nigerian of proven integrity and competence to take up the position.

He added that if his advice was heeded to, relinquishing the said ministerial position would “remove undue pressure on the health of the President and allow him to attend to urgent matters of the state”.

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