Unic Press UK: The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has terminated the appointment of two high-ranking government officials, viz., the former secretary to the Federal Government, Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr. Ayo Oke.
In a statement Monday, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said:
“President Muhammadu Buhari has studied the report of the panel headed by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, which investigated allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir David Lawal, and the Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke. The President accepted the recommendation of the panel to terminate the appointment of Mr Lawal… President Buhari 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 recommendations.”
Buhari decision to terminate the appointment of Lawal and Oke was based on the report of the Presidential Investigative Committee, which was chaired by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
The committee, headed by Osinbajo, had investigated Lawal over a ₦200 million contract awarded by the Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE) to Global Vision Limited, for the clearing of ‘invasive plant species’ (weeds) in Yobe State. Oke was investigated over the $43.4 million cash found in an apartment in Lagos by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).