President Buhari gave the Osinbajo-led committee two weeks to submit its finding
The president ordered the vice president to suspend any official involved in the corruption saga
Investigation has begun and would be done in closed door
President Muhammadu Buhari has given order to vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, to suspend all government officials linked to the corruption case involving Babachir Lawal and Ayo Oke.
The president had suspended the secretary to the government of the federation, Lawal and the director-general of the National Intelligence Agency, Oke for corruption-related issues.
President Buhari also constituted a three-man panel head by the vice president and comprising of the national security adviser Babagana Monguno and the attorney-general of the federation Abubakar Malami to investigate the cases and report back in two weeks.
The case of Lawal involved the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North-East to a company he owned while Oke s involved in the recovery of $43.4m, N23m and £27,000 in an Ikoyi apartment.
According to Daily Trust, a source said the president ordered Osinbajo to do a thorough job and leave no stone unturned.
The source said: “The president has authorised the panel to suspend all government officials linked to the two cases. He has asked the panel to do this even before the conclusion of its assignment.
“The president has been informed of the involvement of other government officials in the two issues being investigated. More officials have been linked to these cases and Mr President has given the panel the mandate to suspend more people.”
Laolu Akande who is the spokesperson to the vice president in a statement said the panel would work behind closed-door and would work diligently in order to report back to the president.
“The Presidential Committee set up earlier this week by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe certain allegations against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal, and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Mr. Ayo Oke, has commenced its work in earnest.
“In the discharge of its work, the panel is expected to invite all relevant officials and private individuals who may be connected to both cases. It will also obtain and scrutinise documents that may throw some light on the issues raised in both cases.
“All its proceedings will however be in closed sessions to avoid speculations, allow for full disclosure and enhance pace of work.
“The panel, which is expected to submit its report to the President at the expiration of the 14-day deadline, will conduct its work with utmost diligence and without fear or favour.”