- The Presidential Investigative Committee on alleged infractions by two senior government officials began its work on Thursday, April 20
- The committee began compilations of individuals and head of companies and organization it plans to invite for the ongoing investigation on the two officials
- Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir Lawal and the director general of the National Intelligence Agency Ayodele Oke are currently being investigated
The Presidential Investigative Committee on alleged infractions by two senior government officials began its work on Thursday, April 20, the Nation reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that the committee led by the vice president Yemi Osinbajo began compilations of individuals and head of companies and organization it plans to invite for the ongoing investigation on the two officials.
Sources within the State House said the vice president and the members of the committee met on Thursday, April 20, to deliberate on their two-week mandate.
The source said: “The VP and members of the panel met to set up the structure for their investigation and list those who are likely to be interrogated."
“Members also got copies of the Interim Report which was submitted to the Presidency by the Acting Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu and briefs from Engr. Babachir Lawal and Ambassador Ayo Oke.
“The collation of issues to determine was ongoing as at press time .Once it is done, what is left is to isolate others who will appear before the panel, apart from Magu, the SGF and DG NIA. It is a big assignment with the right foundation laid by different memos/briefs already submitted to the Presidency,” the source added.
Another source said: “The committee will certainly interact with all those involved in the request and approval of the funds; the remittance of the cash and those in charge of the management of Osborne Towers.
He also said some lawyers may represent the two senior officers and the companies involved on the matter.
“This investigation is about the reputation of some individuals and companies who have decided to engage lawyers to be on their defence team.
“Those affected do not want to appear before the committee and get locked in any technicality which may lead to their dismissal or prosecution.
“Their argument is that it is also the standard practice all over the world to get counsel to come along with those being investigated," the source said.
Also, another source within the NIA claimed the agency did not hide the money from the president.
The source said hiding $43.4 million from President Buhari would mean the NIA had ulterior motive.
“What actually happened was that the agency’s brief was submitted to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) detailing the cash at hand, including the $43.4m, as part of a comprehensive report for the President.
“We have all the memos written to ONSA. It is also a good development that the NSA, Gen. Babagana Monguno, is a member of Osinbajo’s committee. We hope that at the appropriate time, he will step aside to either corroborate or deny these memos.”
The committee has been directed to probe the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir Lawal and the director general of the National Intelligence Agency Ayodele Oke over fraudulent allegations against them.
The directive followed a suspension order slammed on the duo by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, April 19.
Recall that Lawal is alleged to have awarded a N200 million 'grass cutting' contract to a company Global Vision Limited through the Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE).
The SGF is alleged to have personal interest in the company which violates the code of conduct of public office holders.
On his part, Oke's trouble began after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) discovered huge sum of money both in foreign and local currency in a luxury apartment in Osborne, Ikoyi area of Lagos.
The money, NAIJ.com gathered was part of funds released by the previous administration for covert operation.
It was however alleged that the NIA boss failed to brief President Buhari on the cash stashed in the apartment.
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