Osinbajo Holds Talks With Suspended SGF
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who is the chairman of a 3-man investigating committee, few hours after the suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Babachir Lawal, held a closed-door meeting with him.
The Senate had, towards the end of last year, put forward allegations of misconduct against the SGF and had asked President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend him.
After the meeting, reporters wanted a word from the suspended SGF, but he refused to comment on the outcome of his meeting with the Vice-President.
Also at the Vice President’s Office complex was the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke, who was also suspended.
Immediately after the departure of the SGF, the NIA boss, who noticed the presence of reporters, made attempts to pass through Vice President’s exit gate, but he was prevented from going out through that point by security officials.
The security officials also stopped the DG from passing through the service chief’s gate.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NIA boss later left the Presidential Villa without seeing the Vice-President.
President Buhari on Wednesday ordered the immediate suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr David Lawal and the Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Amb. Ayo Oke, pending the outcome of investigation of allegations leveled against them.
Media and Publicity Special Adviser, Mr Femi Adesina, said the president ordered an investigation into the allegations of violations of law and due process made against the SGF, Mr David Lawal, in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE).
The President also 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.