President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, and Director of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayodele Oke.
The president has promptly replaced Oke with Mr Boss Mustapha as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation with immediate effect.
According to a press statement signed by the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the dismissal of Lawal and Oke is based on the recommendation of the Presidential Investigation Panel headed by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
His statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has studied the report of the panel headed by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, which investigated allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir David Lawal, and the Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke.
“The President accepted the recommendation of the panel to terminate the appointment of Mr Lawal, and has appointed Mr Boss Mustapha as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation. The appointment takes immediate effect.
“President Buhari also approved the recommendation to terminate the appointment of Ambassador Oke, and has further approved the setting up of a three-member panel to, among other things, look into the operational, technical and administrative structure of the Agency and make appropriate recommendations.”
The dismissals come after months of mounting pressure on the president to fire both for separate corruption allegations.
The president suspended Lawal on April 19 due to allegations of his complicity in the misappropriation of funds earmarked for the welfare of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) through the Presidential Initiative on North East (PINE).
He was indicted by an ad-hoc Senate committee who alleged that he had awarded a contract of over N200 million to dispose of ‘invasive plant species’ in IDP camps to a company where he had vested interest.