Osinbajo panel’s report will be made public soon
From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
THE report of the panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari and headed by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to investigate administrative infractions by suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke, would be made public soon.
A government official who pleaded for anonymity disclosed this to Sunday Sun, adding that some aspects of the report were already being implemented but that the full report and the decision of government would be disclosed to the public soon.
One of the panel’s decisions, the government official said, was that Lawal and Oke would remain suspended.
The Acting President was said to have submitted the panel’s recommendations to President Buhari in a meeting they both had before he traveled on Sunday, May 7, for medical consultations.
While Oke was quizzed for over 10 hours, Lawal was quizzed for about two hours by the Osinbajo-led panel, which also comprised the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno.
The panel had also quizzed Oke’s wife, Mrs. Folashade Oke, for over two hours even as it invited the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, to provide answers to some critical questions on the two cases.
The three-man Presidential Investigative Committee had the mandate to investigate the discovery of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, which the NIA claimed belonged to it, and the allegation of due process violations in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE) leveled against the SGF.