Probe: ‘FG may relieve SGF, NIA boss of their duties’

by Azeez Adeniyi

Suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir David Lawal and National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Director-General Ayo Oke may be relieved of their duties, The Nation reports.

According to the news platform, this is the outcome of the probe into the isuues in which the two top government officials were involved.

The panel which investigated the officials was led by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

Sources said the findings of the committee was reportedly submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari before his medical follow-up trip abroad last Sunday.


Lawal was probed for alleged N200million contract awarded to a company, Global Vision Limited,  linked with him.

Oke is being investigated for the $43.4million recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at Apartment 7B Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.

It was gathered that the Presidency decided to drop Lawal and Oke “based on security reports and some fact-sheets” available to it.

The source said: “There were a few administrative errors allegedly traced to the affected officers. These lapses made their return to their duty posts unlikely.

“Some of the findings by the Osinbajo Panel have also made their return impossible.

“Going by the controversy surrounding the cash haul and the PINE contracts, no serious government will reinstate such officers. Public opinion also does not favour them.”

He added, “The two leaders discussed some of the key findings and recommendations of the panel.”

Another government source spoke of the Osinbajo committee making some “far-reaching and broad recommendations”.

“The findings and the recommendations of the committee will be made public. The Presidency will ensure justice and fairness to all,” he said, also pleading not to be identified.

“The issues at stake are not about individuals but how to effect reforms in NIA and the OSGF. The Presidency will need to put some checks in the system to avoid a repeat of the challenges at hand,” he added.

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