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Lawyers Reacts To Sagay’s Probe Statement



Lawyers from Ekpeyoung and Sons has reacted to a statement made by the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), recently in one of the national dailies, where he said, “joining the President’s camp would not save any politician from probe or prosecution.

Reacting to the statement at a press conference in Abuja on Monday, an Abuja based human rights lawyer, Leo Ekpeyoung, called on Sagay to bottle up. Adding that he has consistently embarrassed the present administration with his utterances.

The human rights lawyer who quoted Sagay saying, “Decamping to the All Progressives Congress, (APC), and being part of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s camp would not save former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio and others from probe,” explained that the law firm was a party to the matter from inception as far back as 2015.

He revealed that the law firm was briefed by clients who made allegations about N100 billion alleged graft in Akwa Ibiom state for which petitions were sent to EFCC.

According to him, “We had rigorous interactions with the anti-graft agencies upon which we discovered in the course of our interactions and experiences with the anti graft agencies that the instigators and the sponsors of these petitions were unable to substantiate the credibility of the allegations.”

Ekpeyoung noted that what was worrisome was that Sagay talked about plea bargain when there was no arraignment, stressing that it was strange and misnomer for allegations that are not founded on truth to be peddled and propagated by respected members of legal profession.

“What is most worrisome is the fact that we are unable to trace the nexus between the withdrawal of petitions from the anti graft agencies and the defection of Akpabio.

On his part, Barr. Eyo Ubuo said that in recent times Sagay has consistently embarrassed the government, while urging President Muhammadu Buhari to call him to order.

He stated that he had been usurping the judiciary with his statement in recent times, by convicting and discharging people on the pages of the papers.

Also speaking, Barr. Eyo Ekong said it was wrong to play politics with legal issues of which clarifications have been made.




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