Senate Commends Buhari For Suspending SGF, NIA DG

The Senate has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for suspending the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke.

The Vice Chairman, Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Ben Murray-Bruce, PDP, Bayelsa State, described the suspension as the step in the right direction.

Murray-Bruce who is also a member of the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East said that Buhari should be commended for the action he had taken so far in his fight against corruption.

Also the House of Representatives’ members gave kudos to the new development in the present administration but challenged the Federal Government to carry out thorough investigation on it.

Minority Leader of the House, Leo Ogor, PDP, Delta State, said the NIA Director-General should tell Nigerians why he kept government funds in his private property.

Commenting, the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, SAN, described the suspension as a logical consequence of what had been happening in the last three months.

He spoke on Lawal and the allegation of N300 million grass cutting contract he awarded to a company belonging to the SGF.

Sagay said, “First, grass is totally irrelevant to the needs of the Internally Displaced People.

He explained that Lawal was holding a very high office and was not supposed to be a beneficiary of the funds meant for Internally Displace Persons.

As for the NIA DG, Sagay said it was frightening that such a very sensitive agency could be hiding such big funds without informing the president.

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