President Buhari Suspends Intelligence Chief, SGF, Over Corruption Allegations

President Muhammadu Buhari on resuming work shortly after his return from his 51-day trip to the UK.
Courtesy: State House

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), Babachir David 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.

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, which the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has claimed as its own.

The investigation is also to enquire into the circumstances in which the NIA came into possession of the funds, and to establish whether or not there has been a breach of the law or security procedure in obtaining custody of the money in question by the agency.

The President has also directed the suspension of the Director General of the NIA, Ambassador Ayodele Oke, pending the outcome of the investigation.

A three-person committee comprising the Attorney-General of the Federation, the National Security Adviser, and 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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