BREAKING : WHY BUHARI SUSPENDED – SGF 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).
The President has also directed the suspension of
the SGF from office pending the outcome of the
investigations.

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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.

FEMI ADESINA
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity) April 19th,2017

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