The Cable is reporting that the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the Department of State Services (DSS) made cash withdrawals from an account of an NNPC subsidiary in 2015 for ‘covert operations’ approved ex-president Goodluck Jonathan.
According to the report, NIA collected in cash $289,202,382 from the account of National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NIPMS), a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in February 2015.
The money was reportedly approved by Jonathan for ‘covert operations’ and withdrawn in cash from the NIPMS account at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The report also indicted the DSS which allegedly also got huge sums of cash in naira and dollars for “covert operations” ahead of the 2015 general elections.
The Cable writes that there is strong suspicion that the cash discovered in Osbourne Towers in Ikoyi in Lagos state could have been part of the $289,202,382 released to the agency two years ago.
It said a presidency source had said President Muhammadu Buhari was not briefed on the funds which were kept in the Ikoyi apartment.
Naija News also learnt that although NIA boss Ayodele Oke claimed the funds were for covert operations for the agency, the apartment where the money was found was owned by a company called Chobe Ventures which is also owned by someone with the same name as his wife Folashade Oke.
“The circumstances make everything suspicious,” TheCable quoted the senior presidency official as saying.
President Buhari’s special assistant on new media Tolu Ogunlesi retweeted the Cable report on Thursday, April 20.
Naija News recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, April 19, suspended Ayodele Oke and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir David Lawal.
This was made known in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina.
Oke was appointed by ex-president Jonathan as the NIA DG in November 2013.
President Buhari retained him. Oke’s tenure ends in November 2017.