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SGF/NIA Probe: Osinbajo’s committee submits report to Buhari

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday led other committee members to submit the report that investigated the allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke, to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

Other members of the committee include: Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN); and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno.

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The President had on April 19 suspended Lawal and Oke and constituted a three-man committee led by Osinbajo to investigate them.

Earlier the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting was canceled by Buhari. No reason was given for the cancellation.

The report was initially billed to be submitted to President Buhari on May 8, but the president left the country on May 7 for medicals in London.

Osinbajo, who spoke to newsmen after the submission said he would not divulge the details of the report.

He said the President has the final decision to take based on the recommendations of the report, “All I can say now is that we have submitted the report to the President and it is a very detailed report as a matter of fact. The President has to study the report and make decisions.”

Osinbajo said, “This is a report which contains recommendations to the President.

“It is a fact-finding committee as you know and what our terms of reference were was to find out based on the fact available to us and based on the interviews of witnesses of what transpired in those cases, one involving the SGF and the other the DG of NIA.

 

“We have now concluded that and we submitted a full report with recommendations to the President.

“We cannot, of course, give you any kind of details because the President has to look at the report, study it and then make his own decisions based on that report.”

Osinbajo said members of the committee were fair-minded and the approach adopted was to ensure that justice was done in all cases.

He said it was in the interest of the government and the nation that things were done properly with the due process followed.

He assured all stakeholders that the right thing would be done in the two cases.

Will head roll?

“No, how can I tell you? If you want to know what is in the report, you have to wait. You really have to wait,” Osinbajo told journalists, who were cunningly pressurizing him to divulge some of the details of the report.

The panel investigated allegations of violations of law and due process made against Lawal in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East while it probed 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 NIA is laying claim.

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