President Muhammadu Buhari has suspeneded the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. David Babachir Lawal and the DG of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA, Ayodele Oke, from office.
The President also ordered an investigation into the allegations of violations of law and due process made against the SGF, in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE).
Buhari ordered 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 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.
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.
A statement by the Presidency said 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.