Buhari sacks suspended SGF, NIA boss
President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the suspended Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr Ayodele Oke.
The President has appointed Mr Boss Mustapha as the new SGF.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said in a statement that the President Buhari
took the decision after studying the report of the panel headed by Vice
President Yemi Osinbajo, which investigated allegations of corruption
against both men.
“The President accepted the recommendation of the panel to terminate
the appointment of Mr Lawal and has appointed Mr Boss Mustapha as the
new Secretary to the Government of the Federation. The appointment takes
immediate effect,” the statement read in part.
also approved the recommendation to terminate the appointment of
Ambassador Oke and has further approved the setting up of a three-member
panel to, among other things, look into the operational, technical and
administrative structure of the Agency and make appropriate
Monday’s decision by President Buhari comes more than two months after he received the report of the probe panel.
Vice President Osinbajo who headed the committee that probed both
officials had submitted the report to the President on August 23.
The President suspended Mr Lawal and Mr Oke in April after both of them were hit with corruption allegations.
Mr Lawal was suspended for allegedly violating the law and due
process in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on
the North East (PINE).
On his part, Mr Oke was suspended after the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC) discovered a huge amount of foreign and local
currencies in a residential apartment in the Osborne Towers, Ikoyi,
Days after the EFCC made the discovery, the NIA had claimed that the
funds belonged to it and that it was meant for a covert operation.
Meanwhile, the apartment in which it was found was later discovered to
belong to Mr Oke’s wife.
In suspending both men, the President set up a three-man panel headed
by the Vice President, with the Attorney-General of the Federation and
the National Security Adviser as members, to investigate the allegations
against both men.
The committee was given 14 days to complete its investigation and submit its report to the President.
It was, however, unable to submit the report on schedule as the
President travelled to London on May 7 for medical attention, a trip
that kept him away from the country for more than three months.
The delay in taking a decision on the fate of both men had attracted criticism for President Buhari and his administration’s anti-corruption war.