NIGERIAN President, Muhammadu Buhari, has caved in to pressure from the Nigerian Senate, and suspended the Secretary by Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke, and has ordered a full scale investigation into their activities.
Lawal’s suspension is in connection with contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE) while that of Oke is in connection with the staff of currencies recently discovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at a flat on Osborne Road in Lagos.
The president has raised a three man committee headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to investigate the suspended officials.
It has two weeks to submit its report.
A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, on the issue in Abuja on Wednesday, said the men will be suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.
It added that the most senior officers in their offices to take temporary charge of their affairs.
The statement read: “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.”