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CCB Orders Ministers-designate To Proclaim Assets Before Inauguration
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CCB Orders Ministers-designate To Proclaim Assets Before Inauguration

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has directed ministers-designate to proclaim their assets before official unveiling or consequence facing the wrath of the law. The bureau plans to verify claims submitted by the new ministers at land registry, banks and companies where they either have shares or wholly owned by them. It will however engage the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to confirm the assets and accounts of the ministers-designate abroad. The Chairman of CCB, Prof. Muhammed Isah, told The homeland that no one of the new ministers would be inaugurated without at the outset declaring his or her assets. He said the bureau has been liaising with the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office to ensure full compliance with the law by the incoming ministers. He said while som...
President Buhari Heads To Saudi Arabia For OIC Summit
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President Buhari Heads To Saudi Arabia For OIC Summit

President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to Saudi Arabia on Thursday (today) barely 24 hours after his inauguration for second term in office. The Presidency said on Wednesday that Buhari would be in Makkah to attend the Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. “The 14th session of the Summit Conference of the OIC, scheduled to hold on Friday, May 31, will be hosted by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and attended by Heads of State and governments of member states. “According to the OIC secretariat, the summit to be convened under the theme, ‘Makkah al-Mukarramah Summit: Hand in Hand toward the Future’, seeks to develop a unified stance on events in the Islamic world. “President Buhari is expected to address the forum and underscore the need for member countries to uni...
NIA Directors Write Reps, Call On Buhari To Fire New DG
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NIA Directors Write Reps, Call On Buhari To Fire New DG

Some directors of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) have written to the House of Representatives Committee on Security and National Intelligence, asking it to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to fire Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as the new Director-General of the agency. Writing on behalf of Concerned Directors of the National Intelligence Agency, they used pseudo names such as E. O. Olanrewaju, Nelson Obiakor and Ahmed Sarki to protect their real identities, in an advertisement published in This Day on Thursday. They described Abubakar as a misfit and unqualified for the post of DG of the NIA. The directors questioned the new DG’s nationality, competence to head the NIA and the fact that nobody below the rank of director had ever been appointed as head of the agency. “Coupl...
New DG Of NIA Is A Nigerian, Not Chadian Says Presidency
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New DG Of NIA Is A Nigerian, Not Chadian Says Presidency

The Presidency has cleared the air on reports making the rounds in social and some main stream media that the new Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, has dual citizenship of Chad and Nigeria, because he was allegedly born in the neighbouring country. In a statement he issued on Sunday, presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, where he clarified several allegations that Abubakar was not qualified to head the nation’s foremost spy agency, He said that Abubakar was born in Nigeria to Katsina State parents and married to a Katsina woman. Adesina also debunked reports that the new NIA boss was forced to quit the agency earlier as a deputy director after failing promotion examinations two times. According to him,” A lot of half-truths, ...
Nigeria President Buhari Meets Security Chiefs Over Insecurity
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Nigeria President Buhari Meets Security Chiefs Over Insecurity

President Muhamamdu Buhari on Thursday met behind closed doors with the nation’s security chiefs as part of efforts aimed at ending the spate of insecurity across the country. The meeting was held inside the President’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, led the security chiefs to the meeting. The new Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar, attended the security meeting for the first time since his recent appointment. Apart from the service chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, also attended the meeting. In a message posted on the Twitter handle, @NGRPresident, the Presidency said the security chiefs briefed Buhari on intelligenc...
Obasanjo’s Statement: Afenifere Attacks Buhari Over Response
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Obasanjo’s Statement: Afenifere Attacks Buhari Over Response

The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere has described the Federal Government’s reaction to former President, Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo’s Tuesday’s statement as hollow and banal.   According to Afenifere, the response failed to address issues of lopsided appointments, nepotism, clannishness in the Presidency and other allegations raised by the former president.     Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, told Punch that the government dodged the issues.   “The statement was banal, empty and very hollow. It was begging the issues.   “It failed to address the issues that were raised. They just bamboozled us with empty figures ,” he added.   Odumakin cited the recent appointment of two Katsina indigenes as heads of the Department...
Aisha Buhari Shares Videos Of Senators Criticising President’s Performance
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Aisha Buhari Shares Videos Of Senators Criticising President’s Performance

The wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, on Friday shared videos of senators criticising her husband’s government. Mrs. Buhari, on her verified Instagram page, reposted videos by two senators, Isah Misau and Ben Bruce, accusing her husband of appointing incompetent persons because they “belong to the cabal.” The first video from OakTV that Mrs. Buhari reposed showed Mr. Misau at the floor of the Senate Thursday condemning Mr. Buhari for appointing “an incompetent person” as the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA. Mr. Misau accused the president of “doing nothing” since he was elected, adding “the president has not taken anything to change this country.”   Mr. Misau also said 50 per cent of the ministers in Mr. Buhari’s administration “are...
Buhari No Longer In Charge, Cabal Plotting Saraki’s Removal – Senator Misau
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Buhari No Longer In Charge, Cabal Plotting Saraki’s Removal – Senator Misau

Senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial district has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari, saying, he was never in charge of governance, but has left the nation in the hands of cabals in the Villa. In his contribution on the floor of the Senate, Misau wondered at the composition of the executive, saying that Ministers have failed woefully in discharging their responsibilities. “Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, President Buhari is not in charge, but the cabals. They determine who and who to be appointed.” “During our New year holiday, cabals in the Presidency became suspicious that the Senate President may defect to PDP, so they have made up their minds to initiate impeachment moves against him’, Misau alleged. Calling names, he said: “The Attorney General ...
House Of Reps Probes Alleged Disappearance Of $44 Million From NIA
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House Of Reps Probes Alleged Disappearance Of $44 Million From NIA

The House of Representatives on Tuesday probed the reported disappearance of $44 million from the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). The alleged N44m money was reportedly moved from the coffers of the agency to an unknown destination shortly after new director-general Ahmed Abubakar was appointed. Doye Diri, member representing Yenagoa/Kolokuma/Opokuma constituency speaking during plenary in Bayelsa state, described the alleged disappearance as unfortunate. Diri called for investigation bearing in mind the security of Nigerians and international recognition. “These issues paint a poor picture of our national security and dents the reputation of the agency in the eyes of the public. “We must bear in mind that the agency represents us not only in Nigeria but in the eyes o...
Buhari, An Unrepentant Religious Bigot – Fayose
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Buhari, An Unrepentant Religious Bigot – Fayose

Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of Ahmed Abubakar as the new director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). Abubakar was appointed as a replacement for Ayo Oke, former head of the intelligence agency, who was sacked on 30 October 2017, following the controversies trailing $43.5m found in an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos. According to Fayose, the forefathers of Nigeria must be lamenting were they to see “what Buhari has turned the country into”. Fayose, in a statement by Lere Olayinka, his spokesman, said while Lawal was replaced by Boss Mustapha, from Lawal’s Adamawa hometown, Buhari failed to pick Oke’s replacement from his state. He described Abubakar’s appointment as evidence that Buhari is an “unrepentan...
Court Grants EFCC Warrants T6o Arrest Ita Ekpenyong, Ayodele Oke
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Court Grants EFCC Warrants T6o Arrest Ita Ekpenyong, Ayodele Oke

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has obtained two separate warrants from a court to arrest a former Director-General of Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Ita Ekpenyong, and ex-Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr. Ayo Oke. The commission also secured the nod of the court to search the residences of the two former intelligence chiefs. According to investigation, both the search and arrest warrants were signed by a Chief Magistrate II in the Federal Capital Territory. In the search warrant, the court said based upon information on oath and in writing there is reasonable ground for EFCC officials to enter the residences of Ekpenyong and Oke. The warrant added: “You are hereby commanded by this state with proper assistance to enter...
Senate Vows To Expose More Corrupt Nigerians
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Senate Vows To Expose More Corrupt Nigerians

The Senate Tuesday vowed to expose more corrupt Nigerians following the sack of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir David Lawal, and National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Director General, Ayo Oke. The declaration followed personal explanation by Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah. Na’Allah who represents Kebbi South drew the attention of the Senate to the termination of the appointments of Lawal and Oke by President Muhammadu Buhari. He reminded his colleagues that the issues that led to the sack of Lawal emanated from the Senate when the upper chamber, after investigation, returned a verdict of guilt on the former SGF. Na’Allah also said that the issues that resulted in the sack of the former Chairman, Presidential Task Force on ...
President Buhari Will Not Shield Sacked Babachir Lawal, Ayodele Oke From Investigation – Garba Shehu
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President Buhari Will Not Shield Sacked Babachir Lawal, Ayodele Oke From Investigation – Garba Shehu

Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu says President Muhammadu Buhari will not stop the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) from its investigation against Babachir Lawal and Ayo Oke, who were relieved of their appointments. Shehu, who stated this in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja, said President Buhari had taken the necessary administrative action against the two officials. President Buhari, had on Oct. 30, approved the appointment of Boss Mustapha as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), and terminated the appointment of the suspended SGF, Babachir Lawal. The President, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, also approved the termination of the appointment of the suspended Director-General, National Intell...
Itse Sagay Faults Delayed Action On Suspended SGF Babachir Lawal, NIA Chief Ayo Oke
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Itse Sagay Faults Delayed Action On Suspended SGF Babachir Lawal, NIA Chief Ayo Oke

The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay, has faulted the delay of the Presidency in deciding the fate of the suspended Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF), Babachir Lawal, and Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke. In an interview on Channels Television, Sagay said that action had been “much too slow” and called for definitive steps. Despite faulting the slow pace of action in prosecuting alleged corrupt members of the Buhari administration, Sagay said he had no doubt about the commitment of the government in fighting corruption. “I have no doubt in my mind that the present government is actually fighting corruption in accordance with its mandate and promises. There is no question about that...
The Political Manipulation Of Nigerians
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The Political Manipulation Of Nigerians

Nigeria is 57, going by the year of independence, and the consensus in every corner is that we can be, and should have been, better than this. I have not met a single person who said this is the best we can be. Our economic and development indices at independence are largely better than what we have today, but the real deal is that we were such a promising nation in 1960 that it was thought we would dominate Africa with the speed at which we were developing. It is a fitting tribute, isn’t it, that the immortal Lee Kwan Yew, the man behind the Singapore success story, saw Nigeria as a model to be emulated when his country became independent from Malaysia in 1965. If things had worked out well for Nigeria, especially if the stupendous petrodollars gushing into our treasury had been intell...
Jonathan, CJN, Fayose, Bello, Okonjo-Iweala, Ex-Govs Under EFCC Probe
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Jonathan, CJN, Fayose, Bello, Okonjo-Iweala, Ex-Govs Under EFCC Probe

Names of some high profile individuals being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have been revealed. The Punch, in a report, said a list it obtained contained the names of Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen; Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State; his predecessor and the current Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; and the immediate past Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. The names are in the list of high-profile cases involving over 100 politically-exposed persons and top-ranking public officers still being investigated by the EFCC as of August 2017. The list was recently sent by the EFCC to the Attorney General of the Federation and M...
Only Buhari Will Decide Fate Of Lawal, Oke – Osinbajo
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Only Buhari Will Decide Fate Of Lawal, Oke – Osinbajo

Only President Muhammadu Buhari will determine the fate of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke, suspended over sundry allegations leveled against them. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who gave the indication yesterday after he submitted the report of the panel, which investigated the duo, was however silent on the recommendations in the two volume documents he made available to the President in the villa. This happened as the weekly meeting of the members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) was put off yesterday. A terse statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, and made available to newsmen did not give reasons for the dev...
Wike To Honour Rotimi Amaechi With An Award
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Wike To Honour Rotimi Amaechi With An Award

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has listed his arch-rival, Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, among several persons to be honoured by the state. Prospective honourees will be honoured for their individual contributions to the development of Rivers State. A list of honourees prepared by the Jubilee Anniversary Committee set up by Mr. Wike had Mr. Amaechi’s name at number 18 amongst 29 people to be awarded Grand Service Star of Rivers State. Former Nigerian leaders Goodluck Jonathan and Yakubu Gowon are also on the list, alongside late activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, who would be honoured posthumously. Mr. Amaechi served as governor of Rivers State from 2007 to 2015. Mr. Wike succeeded him. The awards ceremony is slated to hold on May 27 in Port Harcourt, the state capital, ...
Buhari’s Top Aide In Trouble Over Attempt To Usurp Osinbajo’s Powers
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Buhari’s Top Aide In Trouble Over Attempt To Usurp Osinbajo’s Powers

ABUJA —A top aide of President Muhammadu Buhari is in trouble over the role he allegedly played prior to the departure of the president to the United Kingdom for medical treatment, last week. There were indications, last night, that the aide, who has already courted many controversies for the Presidency, might be probed for the latest action and other scandals he had been enmeshed in since being put in the key post in the Presidency. A top government source told Vanguard, last night, that the latest offence that got Buhari very upset, was the attempt by the said aide to breach the clear provisions of the Constitution regarding the transfer of power to the Vice President ahead of Buhari’s departure, last week, for his medical follow-up in the United Kingdom. The source explained th...
Abba Kyari Inserted ‘Coordinator’ Clause In Buhari’s Letter To NASS
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Abba Kyari Inserted ‘Coordinator’ Clause In Buhari’s Letter To NASS

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, has been named as the architect of the president’s controversial letter to the National Assembly informing legislators that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was to be the “coordinator” of government activities during Mr. Buhari’s latest trip to Britain to undergo urgent medical care. The phrasing of the letter, a departure from President Buhari’s previous ones where Mr. Osinbajo was explicitly named “Acting President,” has generated widespread discussion and a measure of political tension within Nigeria. Several high-ranking sources at the Presidency confirmed to SaharaReporters that the decision to use the phrase, “the Vice President will coordinate the activities of the Government,” instead of expressing what the Constitution stipul...
Buhari Orders Amaechi, Fashola, Abba Kyari To Resign
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Buhari Orders Amaechi, Fashola, Abba Kyari To Resign

President Muhammadu Buhari has allegedly ordered the resignation of the former Governor of Rivers State who is now the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi. Also alleged to have been asked to resign are Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola and Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kyari over various allegations of corruption, DAILY POST exclusively gathered. A source in the Presidential Villa told DAILY POST that Buhari worried that having these persons in his cabinet could put so much to question about his personality and frustrate the present anti-corruption war had advised them to quietly resign. The source also said the President reminded them of his earlier warning that if he sacked any of his appointees, such would be prosecuted. It would be recalled t...
Three Doctors Arrive In Aso Rock To Treat President Buhari
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Three Doctors Arrive In Aso Rock To Treat President Buhari

Three medical doctors today arrived in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, to attend to the ailing President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, SaharaReporters has learned. The doctors, all British and Caucasian, are two males and one female, according to our highly placed source at the Presidency. Mr. Buhari, who has not made any public appearance in two weeks, is described as greatly emaciated, according to two sources knowledgeable about his condition. Despite statements by the government a few days that the president had “resumed work,” Mr. Buhari remains holed up in his official residence. Apprehension within the Presidential Villa about the president’s condition was heightened yesterday as the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, was seen moving a lot of documents out...
Don’t Destroy NIA, Nigeria Can’t Survive Without It – Horsefall, Pioneer DG NIA
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Don’t Destroy NIA, Nigeria Can’t Survive Without It – Horsefall, Pioneer DG NIA

Chief Albert Horsefall is the founding Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA. He was also Director General of the State Security Service, SSS. In this exclusive interview, the former security czar, warned strongly against developing activities around the NIA, saying they were capable of completely ruining the intelligence agency. He said he had heard that some military men whether retired or serving had been posted to take over some departments of the NIA, stressing this move would ridicule this distinct security body before the international community. Albert also said he got feelers that some auditors had been deployed to look at the books of the NIA, noting that the security agency do not operate like other conventional organisations. He pleaded f...
NSA Knew About $43.4m, NIA Boss Oke Tells Panel
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NSA Knew About $43.4m, NIA Boss Oke Tells Panel

EFCC defers action on Ikoyi cash haul investigation Members of the Presidential Investigative Committee probing the recovery of $43.4million at Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos state yesterday for more than 11 hours. They examined documents and interrogated some officials at the marathon session. Grilled were the suspended Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ayo Oke, and some top officials of the agency. One of the highlights of the session was when the suspended NIA DG told the panel that he wrote a memo to the National Security Adviser (NSA) on the custody of the $43.4million for covert operations. A source said the DG maintained his stand that he informed the NSA, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, who is a member of the committee, about the money. Ok...
Osinbajo Committee Is Unconstitutional And Should Be Disbanded
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Osinbajo Committee Is Unconstitutional And Should Be Disbanded

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 the Special Adviser on Media to the President issued a press statement announcing the suspension from office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. David Babachir Lawal and the Director of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke on allegations of corrupt practices. The press statement reports that, “President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into the allegations of violations of law and due process (emphasis is mine) made against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, David Lawal, in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East, PINE”. The statement further states that “the President has ordered a full scale investigation into the discovery of large amounts of f...
“N42million Tithe In Benue Is Chicken Feed” – Bishop Kukah
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“N42million Tithe In Benue Is Chicken Feed” – Bishop Kukah

Church member giving N42m tithe is chicken feed – Kukah The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, tells TOBI AWORINDE his issues with the modus operandi of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war You have consistently criticised the anti-corruption war of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. Do you still doubt the anti-corruption war in view of recent developments? Like millions of other Nigerians, you both overstate my intention and may have read too much into my text because this led the ignorant to conclude that I was against the war. I was, and still am, against the lack of vision, clarity, diagnosis, strategy and intellectual depth of what we call a fight against corruption. Conceptually, I was a...
Osinbajo Not Qualified To Probe SGF —NLC
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Osinbajo Not Qualified To Probe SGF —NLC

ABUJA —The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for suspending Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. David Babachir Lawal and Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ambassador Ayo Oke. This came as Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, yesterday, urged the President to purge his cabinet of corrupt elements, saying “a lot of them have one mess or the other.” Reacting to the suspension of the SGF and the D-G, NIA, General Secretary of the NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, wondered why the Vice President should be the person to investigate criminal allegations against the SGF. He said: “Well, we think that it is something that is positive. There are those who will say that it has taken long, particularly ...
$43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees
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$43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees

Barely 24 hours after its constitution, the Presidential Investigative Committee on alleged infractions by two senior government officials got cracking yesterday. The committee, headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, is probing suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal and National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Director-General Ayo Oke. Lawal is alleged to have awarded a N200million contract to a company, Global Vision Limited, linked with him by the Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE) for the clearing of “invasive plant species” (weeds) in Yobe State. Oke is being investigated over the $43.4million “covert operations” cash, which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) found in an apartment in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos. ...
Suspended NIA DG, Oke, Admits Jonathan Ordered Release Of $289m
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Suspended NIA DG, Oke, Admits Jonathan Ordered Release Of $289m

The suspended Director - General of the National Intelligence Agency , Amb . Ayodele Oke, has met with Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo, where he admitted that his agency received the sum of $ 289 , 202 , 382 on the orders of former President Goodluck Jonathan in February 2015 . President Muhammadu Buhari , on Wednesday , ordered the suspension of Oke over the role of the NIA in the ownership of $ 43 m ( about N13 bn) and other currencies uncovered in Osborne Towers , Ikoyi, Lagos. Buhari also ordered the suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation , Mr . Babachir Lawal , in connection with his indictment for contract fraud by a Senate ad hoc committee on mounting humanitarian crisis in the North - East . A top government source , on Thursday , confided in one of ...
SGF Babachir Lawal Reacts To His Suspension, Speaks To State House Reporters
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SGF Babachir Lawal Reacts To His Suspension, Speaks To State House Reporters

Babachir Lawal, secretary to the government of the federation, has told reporters to ask the “presidency” why he was suspended. In an encounter with reporters on Wednesday shortly after his suspension was announced, a clearly shocked Lawal stalled on all the questions he was asked. Informed that his suspension was announced by the presidency, he retorted: “Who is the presidency?” He had been in a meeting with vice-president when Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, announced his suspension pending investigations into the the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE). Also suspended is Ayo Oke, director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), over the funds recovered from a private residence in Ikoyi, Lagos state, by the Economic a...
How SGF, Babachir Lawal Was Suspended Inside Osinbajo’s Office
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How SGF, Babachir Lawal Was Suspended Inside Osinbajo’s Office

Fresh facts have emerged regarding the suspension of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal. Lawal was meeting with the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, in his office, when the Presidency suspended him. There are speculations that the embattled SGF, was being advised about the decision and told not to take it personal with President Muhammadu Buhari. It is understood that Lawal was reportedly suspended, because Buhari is perceived to be losing his fight against corruption, with some of his key appointees facing allegations from several quarters. Osinbajo also told him pointedly that the outcome of the investigation will determine his fate. Recall that statement signed by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina and made availab...
Nigerians React To The Suspension Of SGF Lawal & NIA DG Ayo Oke
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Nigerians React To The Suspension Of SGF Lawal & NIA DG Ayo Oke

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the suspension of the director-general of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke and the Secretary to the Federal Government, Engineer Babachir David Lawal. The President also ordered an investigation into the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos. See what Nigerians are saying below;
Suspended DG NIA Weeps, Barred From Aso Rock
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Suspended DG NIA Weeps, Barred From Aso Rock

The suspended Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke, on Wednesday betrayed emotion as he made desperate attempts to enter the Presidential Villa, Abuja shortly after his suspension was announced. Oke made attempts to seek an audience with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo but was turned back. He made frantic efforts to avoid journalists. In the process, he was driven towards the Service Chiefs’ Gate from where he was turned back. He has since left the premises.
President Buhari Suspends SGF Babachir Lawal And DG NIA Ayodele Oke
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President Buhari Suspends SGF Babachir Lawal And DG NIA Ayodele Oke

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into the allegations of violations of law and due process made against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr David Babachir Lawal, in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE). The President has also directed the suspension of the SGF from office pending the outcome of the investigations. In a related development, the President has ordered a full-scale investigation into the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, over which the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has made a claim. The investigation is also to enquire into the circums...
Names Of Occupants Of Osborne Towers Ikoyi Where $50m Was Found By EFCC
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Names Of Occupants Of Osborne Towers Ikoyi Where $50m Was Found By EFCC

SaharaReporters has obtained the full list of occupants of a swanky apartment building in Lagos where operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) found close to $50million last week. The building, located at 16 Osborne Road in Ikoyi, has nine floors of 19 Apartments and two penthouses. It is owned by a former Peoples Democratic Party chairman, Ahmed Muazu, who retained for himself the penthouses, 10A and B; as well as Apartments 11A and 11B. Since the raid became public, the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has laid claim to the funds, its Director-General Ayodele Oke saying it was meant for covert operations authorized by President Goodluck Jonathan during his tenure. SaharaReporters, however, reported on Monday that the woman who was discreetly ferrying the ...
Osborne Towers: EFCC Invites Ex-governor, Others
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Osborne Towers: EFCC Invites Ex-governor, Others

How NIA got property where $43.4m was found Amaechi seeks N2b compensation Detectives are to question a former governor and some high-profile owners of apartments in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos where $43.4million was recovered last Wednesday. Besides, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has identified how the controversial apartment 7B, where the $43.4m was kept, was acquired. Also recovered were £27,000 and N23m cash. The EFCC has intensified investigation into the roles played by some apartment owners and tenants on how the cash was brought into the Towers, The Nation has learnt. The anti-graft agency is said to be suspecting that some owners or tenants may have been complicit in the matter. A source said: “The more we investigate this $43.4m haul, the mo...
Ikoyi $43 Million: Rivers State Government Claims Ownership
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Ikoyi $43 Million: Rivers State Government Claims Ownership

▪Gives FG seven days ultimatum to return the funds diverted by the immediate past Governor Rivers State Governor has given the Federal Government an ultimatum of 7 days to return the $43million dollars found in a luxury apartment in Ikoyi to the Rivers State Government , failure which the State Government will take legal measures to ensure that it gets back her stolen resources Governor Wike also declared that the $43million dollars found in the luxury apartment in Ikoyi belongs to the Rivers State Government. . Governor Wike said that investigations by the Rivers State Government revealed that the money was proceed from the sale of gas turbines by the immediate past Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi. Addressing journalists at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday ni...
National Intelligence Agency Claim Ownership Of $43M Found By EFCC
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National Intelligence Agency Claim Ownership Of $43M Found By EFCC

NIA DG, Ambassador Ayodele Oke. BEVERLY HILLS, April 13, (THEWILL) – The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) is claiming ownership of the $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23, 218,000 seized Wednesday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from Osborne Towers, a luxury residential complex in Ikoyi, Lagos, owned by Mr. Adamu Muazu, a former governor of Bauchi state and ex-National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), THEWILL has gathered exclusively. The NIA is the government security agency tasked with overseeing foreign intelligence and counterintelligence operations in Nigeria. A ranking government official with knowledge of the latest twist to the seizure confirmed to THEWILL that NIA Director General, Ambassador Ayodele Oke, has been in touch in EFCC’s boss, Ibrah...
We Are No Longer Comfortable Being Part Of Nigeria – Igbo Leaders.
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We Are No Longer Comfortable Being Part Of Nigeria – Igbo Leaders.

Ohaneze Ndigbo has declared that the people of the South East are no longer comfortable being part of Nigeria due to their perceived marginalisation by the present Federal Government. Addressing Igbo leaders during an interactive forum in Lagos, the President-General of the socio-political Igbo organisation, Nnia Nwodo, lamented that nobody from the South East was heading any security agency in the country. Nwodo claimed that the Federal Government does not trust Igbo to the extent of appointing any of them to head any of the security agencies or the para­military bodies. According to Nwodo, “We don’t feel that we are part of this country. The statement I made earlier was not my thinking alone. Every part of that statement was scrutinised line by line by members of the Ohanaeze ...