Suspended SGF: Osinbajo panel may consider Senate report

Suspended SGF: Osinbajo panel may consider Senate report

The presidential committee, which is currently investigating the suspended Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Mr. Ayo Oke, and the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, will consider the Senate report on Lawal in deciding his fate.

The panel chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was set up to investigate allegations of violations of law and due process made against Lawal in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative for the North-East.

It is also to investigate Oke on the 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, for which the NIA is laying claim.

The Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East had indicted the suspended SGF for mismanagement.

The investigative panel specifically asked relevant agencies to prosecute the suspended SGF for allegedly awarding contracts worth N500m through the Presidential Initiative for the North-East, a rehabilitation programme under his office, to a company in which he had interests.

This was part of the recommendations in the final report by the panel, which was laid before the Senate by its Chairman, Senator Shehu Sani, at the plenary on Wednesday.

A top government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent on Saturday that the Osinbajo panel that has the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), as members, would consider the Senate report in reaching a conclusion on Lawal.

The source confirmed that the panel was in possession of the Senate interim report and sought for the final report from the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

Sunday Punch

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