The Senator representing the Bayelsa East constituency in the Senate, Ben Murray-Bruce, has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the allegation that Buhari's lawyers gave Justice Adeniyi Ademola half a million naira gift has damaged Mr. President.
Murray-Bruce also said the N200m allegedly spent by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, had damaged Buhari far more than the opposition.
Taking to his verified Twitter handle, Murray-Bruce had tweeted that "The so-called 'gift' to Justice Adeniyi Ademola by PMB's lawyer and the SGF's grass cutter contract have damaged him far more than the opposition!"
It may be recalled that President Buhari had written the Senate in response to the lawmakers' indictment of Lawal, calling for his removal and prosecution.
The Senate's call followed the interim report of its ad-hoc committee on certain humanitarian crisis in the North East led by Shehu Sani, which indicted Lawal for receiving N200m contract to clear "invasive plant species" in Yobe State through a company, Rholavision Nigeria Limited.
Again, A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Joe Agi, who is being prosecuted along with Justice Ademola of a Federal High Court, had told the Department of the State Service that Buhari's lawyer paid N500,000 to Justice Ademola in 2015 at the time the judge was presiding over Buhari's certificate case.
Agi had claimed to the DSS investigator that the sum of N500,000 paid to Justice Ademola by Awodein was not meant to be a bribe but a gift for the wedding ceremony of the judge's daughter.
This is the tweet:
The so called 'gift' to Justice Ademola by PMB's lawyer and the SGF's Grass cutter contract have damaged him far more than the opposition!
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) February 23, 2017