Exclusive: By Adenike Lucas
The Secretary To Government of Federation, Babachir Lawal has been suspended following a heated meeting that took place at the Villa last night.
David Babachir is said to have benefited from contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East, PINE.
He was indicted by a Senate committee on Humanitarian Crisis in the North East, led by Senator Shehu Sani.
DENISAURUS News published information about yesterday’s meeting in the early hours of this morning, after a Government source got in touch to speak about it.
The source who only gave a sketchy information said the issue about the recently recovered $43 million by the acting chair of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was being discussed.
Reporters from DENISAURUS News understands that the meeting, which began from 9 pm on Tuesday, and lasted several hours into this morning was a very heated one.
Following the row, which involved members of the executive, the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ayo Oke has also been suspended.
The President has now set up a panel, which includes the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Attorney- General of Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN and National Security Adviser, Gen Babagana Monguno, rtd, to carry out a full-scale investigation into the discovery of the $43 million, which Mr Oke claimed belonged to the security agency.
Insiders disclosed that the SGF has been allowed to see the VP today, however the DG NIA was denied access.
The source from the Presidency, said that Professor Osinbajo who openly discussed his support for Mr Magu in an interview, is already compromised.
The suspended DG NIA stated previously that he notified NSA chief Gen Monguno, rtd on the operation it was carrying out, for which it needed the money.
Gen Monguno is Mr Magu’s Godfather and will go to any length to protect both of their interests.
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, which is supposed to last 14 days.
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