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Breaking! President Buhari Suspends SGF Babachir Lawal & DG NIA Ayodele Oke



President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayodele Oke.

This was announced in a statement in a statement by President Buhari’s Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina on Wednesday.

President Buhari ordered an investigation into the allegations of violations of law and due process made against Lawal, in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE).

Recall that the Senate had called for Lawal’s resignation and prosecution over alleged diversion of N233m from the federal government coffers, for “removal of invasive plant species” in Yobe.

The President also 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, Abubakar Malami and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno headed by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo is to conduct both investigations.

The Committee is to submit its report to the President within 14 days.

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.


  1. Mama

    April 19, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Sai Baba! This is why we voted for you. Sanity and rule of law. Nice one

    • Puke

      April 19, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      That’s why we voted you for austerity ni?

    • nnenne

      April 19, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      That’s why you voted for distractions?

  2. Sean

    April 19, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Nice one!

  3. Ify

    April 19, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    SGF should have been suspended earlier. Anyway, better late than never.

  4. funmilola

    April 19, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    now we’re talking!

  5. Ralph

    April 19, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Long overdue. It’s time for this great country to move forward.

  6. kkay

    April 19, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Did the Presidency only assume/conclude NIA’s claim of the funds to be true? I expected the President to call for the true identity of the owner of the Ikoyi apartment and how the funds got there.
    Those people mentioned in connection to the funds should be thoroughly investigated.

    • Skelewu

      April 19, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      it was his wife that was taking the money to the apartment now

    • Anon

      April 19, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Of course the Presidency knows. Someone else has to take the flak. They have egg on their faces with the real owner, because their hands are tied.

  7. Deji

    April 19, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Why is he just suspending the SGF; Is it because people will shout if he only suspends NIA DG?

  8. Me

    April 19, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Ex Gov Amechi’s name popped up SGF /NIA gets suspended. It’s suddenly intolerable when it affects your bone man. Issokay, continue.

  9. Priye

    April 19, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Ex Gov Amechi’s name popped up SGF /NIA gets suspended. It’s suddenly intolerable when it affects your bone man. Issokay, continue.

  10. Nunulicious

    April 19, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    History pundits, please help. Has it ever happened that a whole SGF of Nigeria was suspended?

    And we’re in an anti-corruption regime. Hmmmm. Either its a message that no one’s ox would be spared or that this anti-corruption na wash.

    We are watching.

    Whichever way, feels good to read about this suspension. The stench from the Babachir Lawal saga was getting too much.

    All the others, are you scared yet? You should be afraid…

  11. Lailatu

    April 19, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    I will be impressed when Abba kyari, Dambazau and Buratai are suspended. Until then, it’s still the same selective fight.

  12. Bowl

    April 19, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Many thanks Lailatu

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