Osinbajo-led panel writes suspended SGF, NIA DG, demands submission of documents

by Azeez Adeniyi

The Presidential Investigative committee established by President Muhammadu Buhari has written suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr.  Ayo Oke, The Nation reports.

The committee headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo reportedly wrote to them on Thursday.

It was gathered that the panel directed them to submit all documents related to allegations they are being investigated for.

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Lawal is being investigated for N200m contract he allegedly awarded under the Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE) to a company he has links with.

Oke, on the other hand, is being investigated over alleged $43.4 million covert operations cash uncovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Osborne Towers Lagos.

The documents they are expected to submit include details of appropriated funds in the last two years; allocation of special funds if given; approvals for funds and by who; expenditures; withdrawals from the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) if any; covert operations and for what purposes; completed and non-completed projects; list of contracts awarded; ongoing projects; and operation of safe houses.

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They are reportedly expected to respond before Monday.

A source said the committee will start “interacting with the suspended officials from next week.”

“The modalities for their appearance are being worked out by the committee, the source said.  Some government agencies will be invited too for “interaction,” he said.

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