Buhari suspends SGF. & NIA Boss
President Muhammadu Buhari suspends SGF. Babachir Lawal and DG. NIA. Ayodele Oke on the 19th of April 2017 due to pressure from the Nigerian Senate
Recently, the Senate found Lawal guilty of complicity in the finances meant for the welfare of the Internally Displaced persons (IDPs) in the north east called on the president to remove him.
SGF. Babachir Lawal.
Similarly, the President also suspended the Director General of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ambassador Ayo Oke. As a matter of fact, the suspension was related to the huge cash recently discovered in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.
DG. NIA. Ayodele Oke.
In fact, the president set up a panel to be headed by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo to investigate both persons.
The statement from the presidency
It read thus: “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.
Prof. Yemi Osibanjo.
“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.
“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.
Justice Malami Abubakar. Attorney General of the Federation
Babagana Moguno, National Security Adviser.
“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.” (source: vanguargngr.com)
In conclusion, we can say that Buhari suspends BabaChir Lawal and Adegoke Oke after bowing to pressure from the senate pending findings from ongoing investigations