Babachir Lawal, Oke will be handed over to EFCC, if found culpable – Presidency
The Presidency has said the embattled Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir David Lawal and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ayo Oke, will be investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, if the three-man panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari concludes its work and finds them culpable.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, made the disclosure while featuring on Channels Television.
Adesina noted that both government officials would be handed over to the EFCC if there was need for it.
He maintained that it was right for Buhari to set up an investigative panel to look into the allegations against the SGF and the claims by the NIA DG.
Adesina said, “If it (investigation by the EFCC) gets to that point it will be done but it seems not to have got to that point now.
“After the panel concludes its work and there is anything for the EFCC to look at, I am sure it will be done.
“The government believes that setting up an investigation at this time is right and government has the mandate of the people. It will not satisfy everybody but it does not matter.
“You will never win with any Nigerians, they will always find fault, but then, the government has been elected and government is in place to do certain things and government would do what it believes to be right at any given time.”
Recall that Buhari had recently suspended Lawal over the alleged award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on North East, while Oke was suspended for sating NIA owned the foreign cash the EFCC recovered in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The President set up a three-man committee comprising the Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN); the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, and headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, to investigate the allegations against both government officials.