‘Presidency rules out possible reinstatement of SGF, NIA DG’

by Azeez Adeniyi

The Presidency has said the suspended Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal will not be reinstated, Punch reports.

According to the newspaper, a source said that they were both indicted in the report of the presidential investigative panel that probed them.

The source said Acting President Yemi Osinbajo who headed the panel would have presented its report to President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday but for his trip to London.


The source added, “The panel’s report was ready since last Wednesday. It was the formal presentation that was fixed for Monday. That has been overtaken by event with the President’s journey.

“Before the President travelled however, he met with the Acting President on many issues, including this one in question.

“An understanding was reached on the position to take. That decision will soon be made public. It is just a matter of time.

“The President can return any time. The Acting President can also announce the decision in case the President did not return on time.”

When asked if it is appropriate for Osinbajo who led the panel to be the one that will implement the report, the source said, “He chaired the panel as the Vice President and now, he is the Acting President. Besides, the decision was arrived at in consultation with the President. It is a government decision.”

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