SGF, NIA boss: Osinbajo’s c’ttee yet to submit report
The Presidential Committee investigating the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and Director-General of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, (NIA|), Ayodele Oke, over allegations of corruption could not submit its report, yesterday, because it is yet to conclude the exercise.
It will turn in the report on Monday. The committee’s 14-day timeline elapsed yesterday. This came as President Muhammadu Buhari, again, failed to attend the weekly Federal Executive Committee, (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, yesterday, with Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, saying the President was still resting.
Meanwhile, pioneer Director-General of the NIA, Chief Albert Horesfall, has warned that ongoing investigations of the agency has opened it to ridicule and that it would take years to win back the confidence of its external agents and other collaborators.
A statement by Mr. Laolu Akande, spokesman to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who is chairman of the committee with the Attorney-General of the Federation, (AGF), Abubakar Malami, and the National Security Adviser, (NSA), Babagana Mongunu, as members, stated that the panel would round off its investigation yesterday and submit its report on Monday.
Both Lawal and Ayo had been roundly grilled by the committee since it started sitting two weeks ago.
The committee also quizzed a couple of other Nigerians fingered in the corruption saga. President Buhari, for the third consecutive time, stayed away from the FEC meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, in spite of hopes that he would attend.
An official statement from the State House, last week, had said that the President was recuperating in a private residence.
ct that whatever misgivings the anti-graft agency had should have been addressed within the confines of the administration. He said: “This is the service that operates the intelligence of the country overseas, the country’s diplomatic intelligence service. When you invade it this way, you expose it to ridicule, the myth around it will be gone. When you invade it, you demoralise them.”