-Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has been advised to sack the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay
- The advice is from a pro-democracy group, National Committee of Yoruba Youths (NCYY)
- The group alleged that Sagay had failed to declare his assets at the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in accordance with the law
A pro-democracy group, National Committee of Yoruba Youths (NCYY) has called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to sack the chairman of PACAC, Professor Itse Sagay for failure to declare his assets at the CCB in accordance with the law.
In a statement signed by its national president, Comrade Oladimeji Odeyemi on Sunday, June 25 in Abuja and sent to NAIJ.com, the group stated that it has conducted a thorough but secret search at the CCB's office and was convinced that Sagay evaded that constitutional responsibility on him to declare his assets.
“The consequences of this illegality is for Professor Sagay to be sacked from office and be immediately prosecuted.
“We therefore give the respected Acting President Yemi Osinbajo who is a Professor of Law and senior advocate to put a stop to this illegality within 48 hours.
“We also call on the CCB to within 72 hours commence the prosecution of the PACAC chairman at its tribunal,” the group said.
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The group further claimed that its investigation showed that tSagay's circumvention of the law was known to the former board of the CCB headed by Mr Sam Saba and that the board deliberately covered up the act of omission only for the facts to become known now that the CCB has no board.
“We are surprised and disappointed to find out that Sagay continues to go to equity with soiled hands. He is the one who is loudest about the anti-corruption fight of the government, yet he does not deem it fit to be transparent by declaring his assets as demanded by law.
“He should in fact, go beyond the demand of the law by making public his assets and justifying how he acquired them. This will put him on a moral high ground to accuse others and pontificate on the fight against corruption.
"The Professor specialises in attacking everybody about corruption and need for transparency as well as using abusive words in spite of his advanced age, yet he refused to do the basic thing which would demonstrate his commitment to the fight.
“Sagay should walk his talk and stop being a hypocrite. With this our finding, he should be sacked and prosecuted,” the group demanded.
They went on to remind the acting president that failure to sack and prosecute Sagay will be another testimony to the claim by some sections of the society that the fight against corruption by the Buhari administration is selective and a mere political game.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported on how Sagay openly supported those condemning the arrest of the former governor of Bayelsa state, Late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, when the latter was detained in London on charges of money laundering in September 2005.
While many Nigerians condemned the late Alamieyeseigha actions and hailed the British police for arresting him , Sagay condemned the arrest and told the Nigerian media that the arrest was ''a violation of international law'' and a result of a ''conspiracy'' between the federal government of Nigeria and the British government.
When the late Alamieyeseigha arrived Nigeria after escaping from the British authorities, Professor Sagay suggested that his escape was ''very exciting.''
Watch the NAIJ.com TV video report of the anti-corruption walk of the EFCC that held in Abuja recently.