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SUNDAY ODE, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari reaffirmed on Monday in Abuja that his administration would give full regard to due process and the rule of law in the prosecution of its war against corruption.
Buhari also stated that his administration was diligently building up its case against treasury looter preparatory to their arraignment in court.
Speaking at an audience with a delegation from the Foursquare Gospel Church, President Buhari restated his commitment to recovering stolen funds, but stressed that the present administration’s efforts in this regard would be within the ambit of the law.
A statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, quoted President Buhari as saying: “Under military rule, people could be arrested and held on the basis of suspicion, but in a true democracy, anyone accused of an offense must be presumed innocent till pronounced guilty by a court of law.”
Buhari was also quoted in the statement as saying  that his administration was diligently building up its case against those accused of stealing government funds, getting necessary evidence and facts, before formal charges are brought against them.
He congratulated the Foursquare Church in Nigeria on its 60th anniversary convention which was concluded on Sunday, the statement said.
In his remarks, the General Overseer of the Foursquare Gospel Church, Rev Felix Meduoye lauded the Buhari administration for its positive strides in the war against corruption and insurgency.
He said that the church will continue to pray for the peace and prosperity of Nigeria, according to the statement by Adesina.

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MUSA BABA AHMED, JONAS EZIEKE, Abuja

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara yesterday advocated for the removal of sole authority in the appointment and removal of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP from the President and canvassed for the involvement of the National Assembly to ensure operational independence and command integrity.

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