Buhari doesn’t direct security operatives on who to arrest - Presidency

Buhari doesn’t direct security operatives on who to arrest - Presidency

- The presidency has said President Buhari does not tell law enforcement agencies who to invite for questioning

- Garba Shehu said it is strange that people insinuate partisanship or persecution anytime a prominent politician is called up to answer questions or be interrogated

- According to him, if poor people can be called for questioning, VIPs can also be called up

- He said accused persons should approach the courts to plead their innocence rather than going to the public to plead persecution

The presidency has condemned the campaign against President Muhammadu Buhari each time a member of the political elite is invited for questioning by law enforcement agencies.

This was contained in a statement by Garba Shehu on Tuesday, July 24.

The presidential spokesperson said the laws of the country were not meant for poor people alone but for all Nigerians.

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He said the president does not direct law enforcement agencies on how to do their job nor does he stop them.

Read the statement below:

The Presidency has taken note of the orchestrated campaign against President Muhammadu Buhari each time a Very Important Person (VIP) is invited by the law enforcement agencies, in the discharge of their legitimate duties and functions.

The law of the land is intended for all, not for the poor or those at the lowest rungs of the social ladder.

It is odd, strange and bizarre that while ordinary citizens can be called up to answer questions or be interrogated, the VIP cannot be questioned without the annoying insinuations of partisanship, persecution or outright politicization.

This country cannot achieve development in peace when important cases are viewed through a political prism and the law is considered as being applicable to some, and not applicable to others.

The workings of law enforcement agencies are set out in the constitution and the laws of the country. If they worked at the discretion of past presidents, who decided who to question and who to detain, Nigerians should get used to the fact that this President is different. President Buhari does not and will not influence or interfere with cases.

The constitution clearly directs law enforcement agencies to promptly report and investigate any actual or potential infringement of the law and also initiate proceedings against all those involved.

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This President is not the one who directs them on what to do.

President Buhari does not stand in the way of law enforcement either. Under our constitution, he has no powers to stop the investigation of anyone or institution. When they are set to investigate anything and anyone, the best friend of the law is the one who lets them do their work.

The President’s constant refrain is that he will not tolerate any form of illegality including corruption and the law enforcement agencies have been given complete freedom to identify and bring all culprits to justice. His instructions to them are very clear: Anyone with a case to answer or found guilty should not be spared.

Accused persons should approach the courts to plead their innocence rather than going to the public to plead persecution.

The country is better served when the law enforcement agencies are allowed to do their work and we must stop the actors of this dangerous game of politicizing law enforcement.

The Senate has demanded withdrawal of security operatives from the ‎Abuja residence of deputy president of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu.

The lawmakers who spoke on the motion also criticised the APC-led government and security agencies for their alleged clampdown on perceived opponents.

Senator Chukwuka Utazi who cited order 42 and 52 brought to the attention of the Senate the incarceration of the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu.

Meanwhile, the Senate demanded withdrawal of security operatives from the ‎Abuja residence of deputy president of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu.

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The lawmakers who spoke on the motion also criticised the APC-led government and security agencies for their alleged clampdown on perceived opponents.

Senator Chukwuka Utazi who cited order 42 and 52 brought to the attention of the Senate the incarceration of Ekweremadu.

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