President Buhari Suspends SGF Babachir Lawal And DG NIA

President Buhari Suspends SGF Babachir Lawal And DG NIA

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).

This was stated in a press release issued by the Special Adviser to the President,Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina on Wednesday in Abuja.

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.

  1. Government investigating itself! For this to be taken seriously and have credibility, the investigators must be outside the influence of the presidency, the president and the ruling party, APC. It is difficult for the AGF to be unbias in these circumstances. There has to be an independent enquiry and the process must be seen as sincere, for the good of this presiddent, his administration and the ruling party. I would like to trust the judgement of the president on this one. Obviously, the president has no gain in having his hard earned reputation tainted! Against all odds, it is possible that this is a genuine move by the president to ensure accountability and gain the trust of Nigerians. We will find out In 14 days time.


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