UPDATED: Osinbajo-led panel to probe SGF, NIA DG behind closed doors

by Azeez Adeniyi

The investigation into allegations against suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal and the Director General of NIA, Ayodele Oke will be conducted in closed doors.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Vice President, Mr. Olaolu Akande on Saturday.

He said the decision to conduct the probe behind closed doors was to prevent speculation and allow for full disclosure by those concerned.

The statement said the committee will obtain and scrutinize some documents essential to the investigation.

The statement read, “The Presidential Committee ordered earlier this week by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe certain allegations against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engineer Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Mr. Ayo Oke has commenced its work in earnest.

“President Buhari on Wednesday established the 3-man panel headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, with Attorney-General & Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami and National Security Adviser, Rtd Major General Babagana Munguno as members, to investigate allegations of legal and due process violations made against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF and the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a residential apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos.

“In the discharge of its work, the panel is expected to invite all relevant officials and private individuals who may be connected to both cases. It will also obtain and scrutinize documents that may throw some light on the issues raised in both cases. All its proceedings will however be in closed sessions to avoid speculations, allow for full disclosure and enhance the pace of proceedings.

“The panel which is expected to submit its report to the President at the expiration of the 14-day deadline, will conduct it’s work with utmost diligence and without fear or favour.”

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