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el-Rufai, Oshiomhole’s treasonable comments on Naira swap policy left for relevant security agencies to investigate — AGF Malami

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The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN) disclosed on Thursday that Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, and the former Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, ex-Edo Gov. Adams Oshiomhole’s treasonable statement would be investigated.

Persecondnews reports that Malami said at the 67th session of the State House briefing in Abuja on Thursday that security agencies are doing the needful in assessing the utterances, and the assessment will determine further actions such as investigation, persecution and any other actions to be determined by the relevant agencies.

The minister noted that the naira redesign policy will help to curb the prominent role money plays during election, adding it is to endure that “money is not allowed to play a prominent role in affecting the freedom of judgment of Nigerians”:at the polls.

“The policy associated with the Naira redesign has a lot of advantages, advantages associated with the fight against corruption in terms of in bringing about the desired visibility and transparency, advantages associated with sustenance and allowing the freedom of judgment Nigerians to prevail freedom devoid of monetary inducement and intervention is equally part of it.

“This issue of treason are issues of process, so you cannot rule the possibility of investigation, but the responsibility of investigation and doing the needful arriving from the weight and assessment of the implication of the statement and utterances is the responsibility of security agencies.

“I believe they are doing the needful in that respect to determine whether there is need for further actions, actions associated with investigation, actions associated with persecution and what other measures needs to be taken incase it is their conclusion, but there is need for actions to be taken in relating to the utterances made,” Persecondnews quotes the nation’s Chief law officer as saying.

El-Rufai has been one of the most vocal governors and strident critics of the Federal Government on the naira redesign policy conceived and implemented by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The Governor had countered th government’s order and declared that all old notes of N200, N500 and N1000 are still legal tenders in Kaduna State until the Supreme Court decides otherwise.

He had said: “For the avoidance of doubt, all the old and new notes shall remain in use as legal tender in Kaduna State until the Supreme Court of Nigeria decides otherwise.

“I therefore appeal to all residents of Kaduna state to continue to use the old and new notes side by side without any fear.

“The Kaduna state government and its agencies shall seal any facility that refuses to accept the old notes as legal tender and prosecute the owners.

“If need be, we shall take further consequential actions according to the law.”

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