President Buhari suspends SGF and DG, NIA

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[Abuja]–President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the suspension of the Secretary to the Govt of the Federation and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) over allegations of violations of law and due process.

The President made this known in a Press statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adeshina, on Wednesday.

According to the statement, while the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr David Babachir Lawal, was alleged of misconduct  in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE), the Director General of the NIA, Ambassador Ayo Oke, was suspended over the claim of the agency of the large amounts of foreign and local currencies discovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The statement further stated that 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, has been established  to conduct both investigations and submit its report to the President within 14 days.

Pending the period of investigation, the most senior Permanent Secretary in the SGF’s office, and the most senior officer in the NIA, are to act in the capacity of the suspended public officers.

The statement in full reads:

“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.”




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