Fear grips Presidency as Buhari queries more top officials after suspending SGF, NIA DG
Uneasy calm has taken over the entire Presidency, following speculation that three more top functionaries would go after President Muhammadu Buhari had suspended the Secretary to the Government of the Federation(SGF) , Mr. David Lawal; and the Director-General of National Intelligence Agency(NIA) , Ambassador Ayo Oke, over allegation of corrupt activities.
Their suspension orders were contained in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.
While Lawal was suspended in connection with the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on North East, Oke was suspended in connection with discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, over which the NIA has made a claim.
According to the statement, Buhari has ordered that thorough investigations be conducted on the allegations against the two top government officials.
“But with the information making the rounds that three other top shots, had been mentioned by the EFCC on other corrupt-related cases, many are now edgy,” a senior official told Emagazine.com.ng.
He said the President had, in an emergency meeting in the State House asked any official whose name has been mentioned in series investigations with any of the antu-graft agencies to be ready to face the music.
He said the ministers were not spared in the warning from Buhari.
But on the suspended top shots already, a three-man committee, comprising the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN); the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, and headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is to look into the issues in which they were allegedly involved.
The committee, which has 14 days to submit its reports after 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.”
Adesina said President is doing everything possible to hasten inquiry into the discovery of over N13 trillion in, Ikoyi Towers at the high brow Ikoyi area of Lagos.