– There will be no soft landing for Babachir Lawal and Ayo Oke
– This was the position of the presidential panel probing allegations against the duo who are suspended
– The panel is expected to round up its work soon
There will be no soft landing for the suspended duo of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and the Director General of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke.
This was the position of the presidential panel probing allegations against the duo following media reports that both men will let off the hook by the government.
A source privy to the investigations told Daily Trust that the panel would not give anybody soft landing.
“The panel is handling both issues with utmost diligence irrespective of the personalities of those involved,” the source said.
NAIJ.com gathered that the panel’s chairman, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the members-National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno and Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami, resumed sitting on Friday, April 28.
They met for over six hours to examine various documents and other information obtained so far.
Babachir is being probed over alleged violation of the law and due process in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North-east.
A Senate ad-hoc committee chaired by Senator Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna) had earlier found him culpable of alleged complicity in a N200m grass-cutting contract to clear invasive plant species in Yobe state.
Oke is being investigated over claims made by the NIA to the $43.4million and other currencies stashed away in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Apart from Babachir and Oke, officials of the Bureau of Public Procurement, the agency responsible for vetting government contracts above N50million, have also been quizzed by the panel which is expected to round off its 14-day assignment on Wednesday, May 3.
President Muhammadu Buhari had last Wednesday ordered the investigations and suspended the duo pending the outcome of the investigations.