Buhari Suspends SGF, DG NIA
There are no scared cows in this fight against corruption, so says the presidency.
President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir Lawal from office.
The President has also directed the suspension of the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) , Ambassador Ayo Oke.
Lawal was suspended over allegations of violations of law and due process made against him in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE).
Oke on the other hand was suspended over 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 NIA has made a claim.
The President has ordered full-scale investigations into the allegations against the two top officials.
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 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 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.