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Breaking: President Buhari Suspends SGF Babachir Lawal And DG NIA, Oke



President Muhammadu Buhari in furtherance of his anti-corruption crusade has ordered the suspension of The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr David Babachir Lawal and Director General of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke

Below is the statement released by the office of the Special Adviser to the President assistant to the president Mr Femi Adesina and obtained by Naija News:

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into the allegations of violations of law and due process made against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr David Babachir Lawal, in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE).

The President has also directed the suspension of the SGF from office pending the outcome of the investigations.

In a related development, the President has ordered a full scale investigation into the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, over which the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has made a claim.

The investigation is also to enquire into the circumstances in which the NIA came into possession of the funds, how and by whose or which authority the funds were made available to the NIA, and to establish whether or not there has been a breach of the law or security procedure in obtaining custody and use of the funds.

The President has also directed the suspension of the Director General of the NIA, Ambassador Ayo Oke, pending the outcome of the investigation.

A three-man Committee comprising the Hon. Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, and the National Security Adviser, headed by the Vice President, is to conduct both investigations.

The Committee is to submit its report to the President within 14 days.

The most senior Permanent Secretary in the SGF’s office, and the most senior officer in the NIA, are to act, respectively, during the period of investigation.

Recall that SGF Babachir Lawal had been accused of mismanagement of funds meant for the IDPs may also re-invite Lawal for questioning, it was also learnt on Tuesday.


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