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Babachir, Oke: Osinbajo panel submits report Wednesday


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The presidential committee investigating suspended Secretary General of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke, is expected to submit its finding tomorrow.

The minister of Justice and Attorny-General of the Federation, AGF, Abubkar Malami who is a member of a three-man panel headed by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, stated this on Tuesday.

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He spoke to the State House correspondents after a private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja.

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He, however, refused to speak on whether the committee would yield to the calls of not making the report public, saying “it will be preemptive”, as the committee’s 14 days life span is yet to elapse.

On April 19, Mr Buhari ordered investigation into the allegations of violations of law and due process made against the Mr Lawal in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE).

The President has also directed the suspension of the SGF and the director-general of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke, from office pending the outcome of the investigations.

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The secret agency owned up the $43million found by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The investigation is also to find out 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 there has been a breach of the law or security procedure in obtaining custody and use of the funds.

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