The three-man investigative committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ayo Oke, will on Monday submit its report to the President.
The President has been out of sight for some time now, heightening speculations about the state of his health.
The funds were reportedly disbursed in two cash withdrawals between November 2014 and February, 2015 and were ferried in bullion vans to unknown destinations.
A total of N18 million, $19,000 and 4,000 Saudi riyals was recovered from the Abuja residence of former Governor of Gombe State and current member of the Senate, Danjuma Goje.
The funds were approved for NIA’s ‘covert operations’ by President Goodluck Jonathan and subsequently withdrawn in cash from NAPIMS account with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
Buhari directed that the “most senior Permanent Secretary in the SGF’s office, and the most senior officer in the NIA, are to act, respectively, during the period of investigation.”
“It is impossible, probably treasonable, that a security agency will be carrying out covert operations without the knowledge of the sitting president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces.”
Latest reports have it that the huge amount of money recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, from a residential apartment in Ikoyi Lagos actually belongs to the National Intelligence Agency, NIA.
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of Ayo Oke, former diplomat at the commonwealth secretariat in London, as the new director-general of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA. Oke,…