—-As FEC fails to hold
President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the duo of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, David Babachir Lawal and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke with immediate effect.
Further, he directed that a three-man committee headed by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo should investigate allegations fraudulent practices levelled against the SGF as well as how the NIA came about the huge amount recovered from an Ikoyi Apartment, which the suspended Director General claimed belonged to the agency.
The suspension of the two individuals coincided with the failure of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting to hold on Wednesday.
This fuel speculations that the health of President Buhari may have deteriorated as he was absent for the meeting previous week.
However, last week, the Minister of Information, Laid Mohammed explained that the President was preoccupied by other pressing national issues, which prompted the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo to preside over it.
The full text of the suspension order by the president which was signed by the Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina reads: “President Mohammadu 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.
“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 19, 2017