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P&ID: Heads May Roll – Malami
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P&ID: Heads May Roll – Malami

Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, Tuesday, said all Nigerians complicit in the award of the gas supply and processing contract with Process & Industrial Development would not go scot-free. He said the contract was signed because some Nigerians were compromised. He said: “From the investigation, it became clear that there were local compromises,” he said. “The questions we asked was who are the characters involved in Nigeria? “It is only logical that when you are committing a nation to a contract that has economic implications, that due diligence must be done. “We have institutions like NIA, DSS, the police and Interpol that can conduct the due diligence. “But because the intention from the beginning was never for the contract to be executed, all the...
PDP Asks Buhari to Prosecute APC Leaders
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PDP Asks Buhari to Prosecute APC Leaders

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected in its entirety the idea of an Interim Government, allegedly being mooted by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on behalf of the presidency. The main opposition party has also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to go beyond the prosecution of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal and former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and prosecute other leaders of his party, who had been openly indicted of corruption by several institutions. The Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement yesterday said the suggestion of an Interim Government, under ‘’any pretext, context or contemplation...
Drugs From China Containing Human Parts – South Korean Ministry Raises Alarm
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Drugs From China Containing Human Parts – South Korean Ministry Raises Alarm

The South Korean ministry of food and drug safety has cautioned Nigerians against the use of drugs imported from China, as they may contain human remains. The ministry issued this warning in a memo dated October 12 and directed to the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA) and other agencies including the ministry of health, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), and the national security adviser (NSA) also received the memo. According to the memo seen by TheCable, South Korean customs service intercepted 2,751 drugs containing human remains imported into the country by some suspected Chinese nationals. The drugs are al...
Nigerian Insurers Association Gets New Chairman
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Nigerian Insurers Association Gets New Chairman

The investiture ceremony of the new Chairman of Nigerian Insurers Association, NIA, Mr. Tope Smart will hold on 12th of September, 2018. Chairman of the investiture organizing committee, Mr. Segun Omosehin, who announced this at a briefing in Lagos, said that Smart is taking on the leadership of the Association at a critical time in the life of the industry; hence, there is confidence that he will take the sector to the next level. He said, “Smart is a down to earth leader and cut across every segment of the society. He was born in 1964 and has his elementary education in the then Ondo State. He studied insurance at the University of Lagos. He graduated in 1997 as the best graduating student in his class. In 2013, he was appointed by the federal government to be part of a committee on tran...
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, ...
Aisha Buhari: The Critic In The Other Room By Reuben Abati
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Aisha Buhari: The Critic In The Other Room By Reuben Abati

Mrs Aisha M. Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari is probably the most loved person in Nigeria today, especially by critics of her husband’s administration. She first came to our notice in this regard when in the course of her ailing husband’s medical vacation in London, she famously declared through BBC Hausa Service that the Buhari administration had been hijacked by a cabal. Long before anybody raised the issue, she was the first to observe that President Buhari has no business seeking a second term in office the way he was carrying on. She even added that she would not join him for any second term campaign. I had written a piece at the time titled “Aisha and that BBC interview”. I said I expected that the statement attributed to her would be disowned. But no such thing hap...
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...
Magu Speaks On ‘Street Fight’ Between EFCC, SSS, NIA officials
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Magu Speaks On ‘Street Fight’ Between EFCC, SSS, NIA officials

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, on Thursday said there was no street fight between EFCC and two security agencies: Nigeria Intelligence Agency, NIA, and the State Security Service, SSS. Mr. Magu’s stance was in response to comments by chairman of the Senate ad-hoc committee constituted to investigate the face-off, Francis Alimikhena. Mr. Alimikhena while insisting that the hearing be held in presence of journalists had referred to the face-off among the agencies as street fight. “There is nothing hidden because they fought in the street,” he said “They fought dirty and Nigerian people will like to know what led to that fight. What happened in that dirty fight, I don’t think it’s something we should hide from the public. For ...
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...
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...
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...
FFK: If Anything Happens To Buhari, Osinbajo Will Take Over, Nothing Will Happen
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FFK: If Anything Happens To Buhari, Osinbajo Will Take Over, Nothing Will Happen

Fani-Kayode: If Anything Happens To Buhari, ‘Osinbajo Will Take Over’ And ‘Nothing Will Happen   JUNAID MOHAMMED'S BUNKUM AND THE FINAL BATTLE FOR NIGERIA'S INDEPENDENCE "If anything happens to Buhari the north will insist on being in power till 2027.....those who see Buhari as their representative and are not being treated justly are going to claim their own rights and the only way you are going to resolve the issue is that after Buhari’s administration, you have it zoned to the north for eight to 10 years"- Dr. Junaid Mohammed, Punch Newspaper, 14th May 2017. This is bunkum! There is no such thing as "insisting" on anything in a democratic setting. Dr. Junaid Mohammed is out of touch with reality and he speaks only for the lunatic ultra-conservative wing of the core nor...
Ikoyi Loot: FG Sacks Nia’s Director Of Finance
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Ikoyi Loot: FG Sacks Nia’s Director Of Finance

- The Director of Finance at NIA, Mr Abubakar Darsu has been sacked - Darsu was fired over N15b monies discovered in an apartment Osborne Tower, Ikoyi, Lagos - But the NSA, Babagana Monguno has allegedly replaced Darsu with military personnel As the Presidential Committee investigating the source and ownership of the N15 billion discovered in an apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos State prepares to wind down, the saga has claimed another casualty as the Director of Finance of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA) Mr. Abubakar Dardisu has been relieved of his appointment. Dardisu was said to have been removed by the National Security Adviser, (NSA) Major. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) and replaced with a serving military officer. According to a source within the agency, t...
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...
FG To Drop Babachir Lawal & Oke Over $43.4m Contract Scam, Shops For Replacement
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FG To Drop Babachir Lawal & Oke Over $43.4m Contract Scam, Shops For Replacement

Suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir David Lawal and National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Director-General Ayo Oke are to be relieved of their duties, it was learnt yesterday. This is the outcome of the probe into the isuues in which the two top government officials were involved. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo led the three-man committee that investigated the two officials. The other members are Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami and National Security Adviser (NSA) Gen. Babagana Munguno. A massive shake-up has been planned for the NIA and the SGF’s office. Official sources said the government would soon release the findings and recommendations of the Presidential Investigative Committee, whose report was submitted to Presid...
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...
Femi Fani-Kayode: “Buhari Is Looking Like Gollum, Behaving Like A Goblin”
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Femi Fani-Kayode: “Buhari Is Looking Like Gollum, Behaving Like A Goblin”

THE AILING PRESIDENT AND THE COMING CONFLAGRATION IN NIGERIA If the United Kingdom’s Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson, can describe the Leader of the Opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, as a “mutton-headed old mugwump” and an “Islington herbivore” how on earth should we describe our very own President Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria? As each day passes he looks more and more like the colorful creature called Gollum in J.R. Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ and behaves more and more like the goblins and orcs in that same book. This is a man who came back from the United Kingdom as an ailing and fading ghost and who, despite all entreaties and pleas from men and women of goodwill, has refused to resign. Since he came back he has not been seen in any public function, apart from the u...
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...
NIA And SGF Probe To Be Held Behind Closed Doors
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NIA And SGF Probe To Be Held Behind Closed Doors

The probe of two top Nigerian officials implicated in the N13 billion cash haul from a private Ikoyi apartment and the N200 million grass-cutting contract, are to be conducted behind closed doors. This confirmation was given by the Office of the Vice President on Saturday. The office said the decision to conduct the probe behind closed doors was to prevent speculation and allow for full disclosure by those concerned. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Vice President, Mr. Olaolu Akande, said the probe panel headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, will be fair and firm in the discharge of its duty.
Acting NIA DG, Arab Yadam & Acting SGF, Habiba Lawal
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Acting NIA DG, Arab Yadam & Acting SGF, Habiba Lawal

Following the suspension of the Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, Dr Habiba Lawal pictured left has assumed his position in acting capacity pending the outcome of the investigation panel probing the allegations of fraud leveled against Babachir. In the same vein, Ambassador Arab Yadam who is the most senior director at the Nigeria Intelligence Agency NIA, has assumed office as the acting DG of NIA pending the outcome of an investigation of suspended NIA boss, Ambassador Ayo Oke.
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 ...
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 ...
Buhari Is A Noisemaker; He’s As Corrupt As Abacha – Lamido
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Buhari Is A Noisemaker; He’s As Corrupt As Abacha – Lamido

A former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido has described the President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war as a ‘noise.’ Lamido, a former minister of Foreign Affairs, while speaking with the BBC Hausa Service yesterday, claimed that President Buhari could not be passed as a saint because he was “equally corrupt when he served under the late Head of State Sani Abacha.” Buhari had served as chairman of the defunct Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) which was established by Abacha in 1994 to provide critical infrastructure across the country. “He (Buhari) worked under Abacha; in fact he was the closest to the late military ruler and when it comes to corruption, everybody knows where Abacha’s government stands,” Lamido said. “Buhari is just making noise; there’s no iota of truth i...
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...
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 ...
Whistleblower Narrates What Transpired In The Lagos Apartment Where EFCC Seized
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Whistleblower Narrates What Transpired In The Lagos Apartment Where EFCC Seized

While Ayodele Oke, the Director-General of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA) has claimed that the $43 million, N23.2 million and £27,800 (N13billion) cash found in an apartment in Lagos last week belongs to his agency, information available to SaharaReporters suggests that the woman seen hauling the money into the apartment in Ghana-Must-Go bags may have been Folashade Oke, his wife. Our investigation has revealed that the owners of Apartment 7B gave Folashade Oke, with phone number +2348059833410, as their contact. Sources at the NIA confirmed Folashade to be the spouse of their Director-General, Mr. Oke. The day after the money was discovered, Mr. Oke had told SaharaReporters he could not verify any information about the money as he had not read any report linking his agency t...
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...
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 ...