No Double-Standard, Babachir Lawal, Ayo Oke Still under Suspension – Presidency

Babachir Lawal
Babachir Lawal and Ambassador Ayo Oke

The leadership of President Buhari’s administration commitment to best governance is in no disputes locally and globally.

On Sunday, the Presidency disclosed that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal; and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke, are still under suspension from their official duties.

This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, to newsmen.

Mr. Laolu Akande said that, “Regarding media inquiries on the progress of the report of the presidential investigative panel, Akande urged for patience, explaining that when the time comes, the outcome of the panel would be made manifestly public and Nigerians would be satisfied. He said the two suspended officials remain suspended,” the statement read.

That as part of activities to commemorate the second anniversary of the President Buhari’s administration, a report sheet on the Social Investment Programmes would be held on May 29 (the date for the country’s democracy day) at the Presidential Villa, FCT, Abuja.

“Here at this national event, we shall be updating Nigerians on the progress so far attained, how we are addressing some challenges and how President Buhari’s Social Investment Programmes would be significantly expanded going forward,” Akande noted.

The genesis of the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal; and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke by President Muhammadu Buhari had, on April 19, 2017 suspended the two government officials and constituted a three-man committee led by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to investigate them of issues bordering on corruption.

The Committee panel investigated allegations of violations of law and due process made against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East while it probed of the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke on 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, for which NIA is laying claim of ownership contradict the existing law of the country.

The committee comprises of the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN); and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno and Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as Panelists was expected to submit its report investigations to FGN, President Buhari on May 8 but could not do so because the President left the country on March 7 for medical follow-up in London.

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