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$2.1 Billion Arms Deall: You Don't hang a Suspect on the pages of newspaper – Jonathan Replies Sagay





The immediate past prsident of Nigeria, Dr. Godluck Jonathan has roundly replied Professor Itsay Sagay of his involvement in the alleged #2.1 Billion arms deal.
He frwoned at the move by the legal lumminary to cast aspersion on his person, when the investigation into the said deal is still on and would not expect him  to front himself before the investigation panel when they are still on top of the assignment..





 He noted that, it would be unwise for him to submit himself for questioning, when he has not been formally invited for interrogation and would not expect him to confess to what he knows little or no about.
 Former president Jonathan faulted Sagay over the statement saying that as a respected learned scholar, he should know that you don’t hang a suspect on the pages of newspaper or via social media until he or she is found guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction.
The former President in a statement issued by Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman, his former minister of National Planning, stated that, “one should expect the re¬spected learned scholar to know that you don’t hang a suspect on the pages of newspaper or via social media until he or she is found guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction”.
Professor Sagay who is also chair¬man of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption, has ad¬vised Jonathan to secretly confess all he knew about the scandalous $2.1 billion arms deal, to which his name has been linked, by President Muham¬madu Buhari.
He stated during the week that if Jonathan goes by the advice, he may be accorded the respect due to him by virtue of being a former president.
Sagay, however pointed out that the case of the former president being arrested relating to the arms scandal is a “sensitive one”, adding that his concession of defeat to Buhari dur¬ing the March 28 presidential election does not make Jonathan a hero, as one good action could not correct several evil deeds.
Jonathan said the statement credited to Prof Sagay on Dec 23, 2015, that tended to vilify former President Jon¬athan on the ongoing arms scam is not only unfortunate but, unprofessional.
“Accordingly, even where the learned jurist feels passionate of such a sensitive but sensational issue, he should know the right route to the vil¬la rather than taking such prejudicial position.
“It is high time our legal luminaries confined themselves to the noble eth¬ics of their profession than toeing the path of some mischief politicians.




“And we pray that when the report of his Committee finally comes out, it will reflect and incorporate the noble principles of rule of law, fair hearing and impartiality so as to meet the ir¬reducible minimum standard expected in matters of this nature. We also pray that it may not end up dashing, rather than raising the hopes of average Ni¬gerian in the vintage APC fashion, as with most things these days”, he stated.
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