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July 18, 2018

Buhari suspends SGF, NIA DG

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The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir Lawal and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke, have been suspended from office and placed under surveillance, by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Their suspension Wednesday followed an alleged involvement in corruption.

Daily Sun gathered that the movements of the duo are being monitored, as investigation into their cases commences.

Their suspension, which would last pending the outcome of the investigations, was contained in a statement issued by the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina.

The SGF is being investigated following allegations that he violated law and due process in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE).

Global Vision Ltd., owned by the SGF, was indicted by the Senate last December for benefiting from inflated and phantom contracts – or ones not executed at all- awarded by PINE.

Lawal’s firm allegedly got over N200 million contracts to clear grass in Yobe State’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp.

The most senior Permanent Secretary in the SGF’s office is to act during the period of investigation.

The President also directed the suspension and investigation of Ambassador Oke over the discovery of large amount of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos which the agency reportedly laid claim to.



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