Palpable fear has gripped some prominent members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, following the secret suspension of the President’s Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari, it was gathered from a reliable source, on Saturday night.
In another move, the President might soon off-load some Ministers, over weighty allegations leveled against some of them, by two Supreme Court Justices.
The apprehension came just as prominent Nigerians, including Constitutional Lawyer, Ebun Adegboruwa; Factional Leader of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Goddy Uwazuruike; and a former Secretary to the Benue State Government, Professor Saint Gbilekaa; called on Buhari to remove the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and his Science and Technology counterpart, Ogbonnaya Onu, to enable them defend the weighty allegations leveled against them.
“The fear was reinforced when it was observed last week, that the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who was allegedly named in a N500 million bribe, over the fine imposed on the mobile telecommunication company, MTN, had been out of office for over two weeks”, a credible source told Post-Nigeria.
A Presidency source, also said a number of the Ministers are jittery over the allegations, and that one cannot rule out the possibility of a cabinet shake-up soon, to remove some Ministers, who are said to have heavy baggage.
Although, there are speculations that Kyari was on annual leave.
Since the arrest of over seven Judges by the Department of State Security, DSS, over allegations of corruption in the past three weeks, some of the Judges have complained of victimization, witch-hunt, and that evidence were planted in their apartments.
While Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court alleged that Amaechi begged him to pervert justice, by cancelling the Governorship election in Ekiti State, and order fresh election to favour his friend, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Justice Inyang Okoro alleged that Amaechi also attempted to bribe him, to influence the elections in Rivers, Abia, and Akwa Ibom States.
Similarly, Justice Ngwuta alleged that the Science and Technology Minister, Dr. Onu, invited him to his house, and demanded that he influenced the outcome of the Governorship election appeal for Ebonyi State, in favour of the Labour Party candidate in the State, who had reportedly agreed to decamp to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Whereas both Amaechi and Onu have denied the allegations, with the former describing it as “pure fiction, a dubious diversionary tale, concocted to muddle the very serious issues of his (Ngwuta’s) arrest and investigations by the DSS”.
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