EFCC assault on spy chief’s home highlights deepening crisis of a hedging presidency

EFCC Operatives used to illustrate the story.
EFCC Operatives used to illustrate the story.

Weeks before ordering a siege to the home of a former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayodele Oke, an administrative panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to resolve national security crisis at the foreign intelligence office urged Ibrahim Magu to hold back on taking such measures.

Members of the panel, which was set up to review or implement parts of the recommendations of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s investigative committee, told Mr. Magu that he should defer all summons targeted at Mr. Oke while they work with the embattled former spy chief to sort out a myriad of succession and operational issues racking the NIA in the aftermath of the N13 billion naira Ikoyi cash scandal.

But the acting-chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission proceeded anyway, sanctioning a siege that nearly turned fatal amongst security and law enforcement agencies last week.

Acting on the orders of Mr. Magu, a team of EFCC operatives, cushioned by a police squad, stormed the home of Mr. Oke at the exquisite Abuja neighbourhood of Asokoro to arrest him on Tuesday.

But the mission became an instant spectacle after State Security Service personnel on guard at Mr. Oke’s residence blocked the anti-graft operatives from carrying out any arrest.

The EFCC team also fruitlessly laboured to arrest a former Director-General of the SSS, Ita Ekpeyong, in the same neighbourhood at the same hour, although the EFCC has not stated if the cases are related or not.

Along Maman Nasir Street, where the residences of the former security chiefs are located, palpable fear gripped foreign diplomats who could not access their missions, offices and residences due to the lockdown occasioned by the inter-agency face-off, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.

National security analysts said the confrontation, which has been condemned by the Nigerian Senate as appalling and dangerous, could have been averted had Mr. Magu yielded to the appeal of the administrative panel, even though he had the superior legal standing as the head of a statutory agency.

More importantly, the jarring dispute amongst the agencies marks the latest in a string of bitter inter-agency rivalries which Mr. Buhari has neither acknowledged nor addressed despite frequent manifestations since he assumed office in 2015, analysts say.

Members of the panel, which was inaugurated on November 7, include Babagana Kingibe, Zakari Ibrahim, Niyi Oladeji and Albert Horsfall — all formerly of the NIA.

PREMIUM TIMES has learnt of a series of exchanges between the presidential panel and Mr. Magu’s EFCC in early November, which began after the EFCC wrote to members seeking an audience with Mr. Oke.

In the November 2 letter, Mr. Magu said anti-graft detectives working on probable criminal wrongdoings in the N13 billion cash haul would like to interview Mr. Oke. The EFCC quickly announced the invitation in a statement to the media.

On November 3, the panel responded —under a State House letterhead— to Mr. Magu that granting his request would not be feasible against the backdrop of their unfolding activities.

The members said Mr. Oke was preparing handover notes to the newly-named acting DG of the NIA; while also helping them with their preliminary duties ahead of their inauguration, PREMIUM TIMES learnt from sources familiar with the deliberations.

Two days after their inauguration on November 9, the panel fired another notice to the EFCC, emphasising that the anti-graft office should put off further invitations to Mr. Oke because its ongoing review activities would require that the former NIA chief be on standby to clarify issues as and when necessary.

Similarly, Boss Mustapha, who was named as the new secretary to the government on October 30, picked up the NIA issues as his first official assignment, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. He notified Mr. Oke, who was on suspension, and Arab Yadam, who was acting as NIA DG, of the expiration of their respective appointments.

Also out at the NIA on the same day was Emmanuel Okafor, the agency’s deputy director-general in charge of operations, sources said. Mr. Mustapha also issued directives about a smooth transition of power from Messrs. Oke and Yadam to a newly-named acting DG, Mohammed Dawuda, hitherto the ambassador to Chad.

Meanwhile, and despite being aware of a contrary directive by the presidential panel, Mr. Oke had visited the EFCC on November 7 to assure the agency’s director of operations of his willingness to submit himself for questioning as soon as the panel had concluded its activities and released him, sources said.

Mr. Oke also stayed in touch with the EFCC in Lagos, where the discovered N13 billion case is domiciled, to inform investigators of his provisional constraints with similar assurances of his readiness to cooperate when discharged by the presidential panel.

But Mr. Magu apparently scoffed at those behind-the-scenes discussions to move against the former NIA chief.

The EFCC took a similar approach in the case of Mr. Ekpeyong, going after former secret police chief despite being told not to do so by the agency’s current DG, Lawal Daura, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.

Mr. Magu had written to Mr. Daura, informing the SSS boss that the EFCC was investigating a slew of suspicious transactions by Mr. Ekpeyong during his days at the domestic intelligence office.

But Mr. Daura declined, saying his agency had no records of financial impropriety against Mr. Ekpeyong and, as such, the EFCC’s service would not be necessary.

In the thanks but no thanks letter, which was copied to the president and the National Security Adviser, Mr. Daura did not assure Mr. Magu of SSS’ support in EFFC’s moves to arrest Mr. Ekpeyong, PREMIUM TIMES gathered.

More evidence then emerged on Saturday that the SSS also relied on a presidential proclamation by the former head of state, Abdusalami Abubakar, that no other agency would investigate the SSS accounts or operations.

The edict, titled Instrument No 1 of 1999, shields the SSS from external audit and investigation of its financial dealings, making them subject to only presidential review.

Although the EFCC has not spoken officially on reasons for its insistence on arresting both the ex-heads of the SSS and NIA, it has leaked reports to journalists that it secured a magistrate court order to arrest the officials.

A spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, did not respond to requests for comments from PREMIUM TIMES. Calls and text messages to his mobile lines over a two-day period went unacknowledged.

Mr. Oke became a pawn between the presidential panel and the EFCC shortly after Mr. Buhari sacked him as the head of NIA on the recommendations of the three-man panel that probed the aftermath of the cash discovery in April.

The panel, led by Mr. Osinbajo with Attorney-General Abubakar Malami and National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno as members, recommended Mr. Oke’s dismissal for his role in the scandal, according to the State House.

The EFCC had announced that its operative, acting on a tip-off on April 12, found $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 hidden inside an apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi.

The currencies were valued at N13 billion based on prevailing exchange rate set by the Central Bank of Nigeria at the time. The EFCC circulated photograph and video footage of the operation, sparking nationwide outrage.

But the anti-graft agency did not immediately disclose the owners of the recovered cash, a development that seemed largely unusual for an agency which had become known in its name and shame tactics under Mr. Magu.

Mr. Buhari immediately expressed his consternation about the discovery and ordered that it be deposited at the CBN.

But Mr. Oke cleared the air two days later, telling PREMIUM TIMES on April 14 that the money belonged to the NIA. But he didn’t disclose what it was meant for.

Mr. Oke was suspended from office on April 19 for his alleged role in the scandal just as Mr. Osinbajo’s panel began sitting.

In May, PREMIUM TIMES published excerpts of letters between Mr. Oke and the Mr. Monguno, which clarified that the National Security Adviser briefed President Buhari about the money and its purpose long before the EFCC’s discovery—contrary to what the president had led Nigerians to believe.

While Mr. Oke has faced a series of disciplinary actions which included being unceremoniously discharged from service shortly before he was due to retire, Mr. Buhari has not explained to Nigerians why he initially feigned ignorance of the covert projects.

National security analysts weigh in

The concerted attempts by the EFCC to arrest Mr. Oke despite revelations that he informed Mr. Buhari about the covert projects, and despite the funds being eventually forfeited to the government have unsettled national security commentators.

Apart from the perilous consequences posed by the inter-agency clashes, analysts wonder why the EFCC has prioritised arresting Mr. Oke even when it hasn’t done anything about the former secretary to the government who was fired allegedly for looting funds meant for the internally displaced persons.

Babachir Lawal was fired on October 30, nearly a year after the Nigerian Senate indicted him of stealing over N200 million in IDP funds using his company’s bank accounts in violation of Nigerian code of conduct law.

Mr. Buhari had initially cleared Mr. Lawal, telling the Senate in a January 17 letter that the dismissed SGF was not given fair hearing.

“The logic that EFCC is operating with doesn’t seem to be clear to anyone outside the agency these days,” said Chris Ngwodo, a security analyst and legal practitioner.

“Even if the EFCC intends to pursue criminal charges against Mr. Oke, the fact that the money he allegedly stole had been recovered from him should render the rest of the matter secondary,” he added.

“What we should focus on is the case of Babachir Lawal, whom we have absolutely no evidence has returned any money from his loot.”

Mr. Ngwodo said Mr. Magu, being a career police officer, had failed to appreciate the complexities of national security duties.

“How did we get to a stage in this country in which an anti-corruption agency would be victimising national security institutions and dragging them before the media?” Mr. Ngwodo said.

While recognising that no individuals are beyond reproach in a society governed by the rule of law, Mr. Ngwodo urged Mr. Buhari to save Nigeria from chaos by carefully navigating the treacherous waters of national security matters.

“The president should not allow the overbearing and reckless instincts of an appointee inflict a long-term damage on the country’s national security,” he added.

A government unsettled; a president untroubled

Despite frequent clashes between government institutions or senior administration officials since he assumed office two and a half years ago, Mr. Buhari has shown little sign of being troubled, said Mr. Ngwodo.

The rivalries started with the SSS and the president’s aide de camp slugging it out over security measures around the State House. This occurred within Mr. Buhari’s first 30 days in office.

PREMIUM TIMES exclusively reported the confrontation at the time. This newspaper also exclusively uncovered a devastating acrimony between Mr. Monguno and Mr. Daura in 2016, a rivalry that could put the activities of the NSA and the SSS in peril.

Outside the security sector, a supremacy tussle has also persisted between Mr. Magu and Mr. Malami for several months. The AGF accused the EFCC chief of failing to report some special cases to him in contravention of the law. Mr. Magu denied the allegations.

At the Ministry of Health, Usman Yusuf, the suspended executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme engaged the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, in a tussle over supremacy.

The rift between the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, and the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, has also been well reported in the media.

On two occasions, President Buhari sent requests to the National Assembly for confirmation of Mr. Magu as substantive chairman of EFCC. Each time, the SSS denied security clearance for Mr. Magu, consequently thwarting the president’s efforts.

“All these are clear cases of affront against presidential authority,” Mr. Ngwodo said. “Yet, the president has remained aloof and even his aides suggested at one time that the insubordination proved that the agencies have independence.”

Another national security expert, Daniel Bwala, told PREMIUM TIMES Mr. Magu should have accepted the appeals of the presidential panel and leave Mr. Oke alone in the interim.

“Ordinarily, they should have nothing to do with him pending the conclusion of the implementation of the recommendations,” Mr. Bwala told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone.

“He is needed by the presidential panel and he shouldn’t be touched by the EFCC which is also under the control of the president,” he said.

Mr. Bwala said the EFCC, as a statutory body, is superior to an administrative panel, but said the Constitution placed all the security agencies under the president.

“The argument is a given that the panel cannot override the commission. But in this case, it is not a panel set up by the National Assembly. This panel is set up by the president and its members are carrying out the orders of the president,” Mr. Bwala said.

Mr. Bwala said it would be counter-productive for the president to constitute a panel and then undermine or defeat the purpose of the same panel, urging members to write a formal complaint.

“What the panel members should do is to write to the president that they’re being harassed and not allowed to do their job,” Mr. Bwala said.

The analyst also dismissed insinuations that the panel members were irredeemably biased towards Mr. Oke on the basis of their respective careers at the NIA.

“The president that set up the panel did so with full knowledge of their background,” he said, adding that the president should not be expected to tap people without impeccable intelligence background to probe the activities of the NIA.

Messrs. Ngwodo and Bwala’s submissions mirror the position of a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bolaji Akinyemi, who warned in April that “putting a foreign intelligence officer on trial in an open court is going to be disastrous to external national security interests,” in reaction to the initial controversies that trailed the recovered funds.

Mr. Oke has been described by the intelligence community as “a diligent professional” whose painstaking conduct was evident in the revelations that he carried both the NSA and the president along with the national security project, which was approved by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Although the Senate has raised a committee to probe the botched arrests of Messrs. Oke and Ekpeyong, some lawmakers are finding it increasingly difficult to keep mum as Mr. Buhari dithers on matters of national security.

“This is the first time we’ll see gross irresponsibility in government whereby there is no arbiter. No one to come in between two agencies that belong to only one person,” said Abiodun Olujimi, a PDP senator from Ekiti State. “The two agencies report to one person —the president— and now we find them fighting on the pages of the newspapers. It’s a shame.”

“We are calling on the president. He has to sit up. He should be up and doing. Call these people to order,” Ms. Olujimi added.

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  • kenmege

    U can quote me anywhere, Buhari that is there in the Villa now does not know the full meaning of NIA. It’s that bad.

    • princegab

      In nutshell, pmb is corrupt

      • kenmege

        Dumb!!!

        • princegab

          Indeed,thanks. It’s dumb to protect looters.

    • kaydutch

      How did we allow the dumbest person in the land to rule?

  • Ahmed

    It sad that Premium Times has become a tool in the hands of NIA Chiefs. PT’s reputation will not recover from this

    • duwdu

      I agree, Ahmed, and the reputation of Premium Times indeed nosedives from time to time.

      Sometimes, the analysis/submissions by some writers for Premium Times is so pedestrian, unintelligent, and scandalous. This subject story is clearly one of those. Chai.

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  • Emeka Obi

    Obviously, this is all about defending or arranging a soft landing for Ayo Oke. It all started with Bola Akinyemi, then Afenifere, then Senator Olujimi. On the media side, Thisday and Premium Times are been used to advance this agenda. Well Thisday has no reputation to protect, for PT and Dapo, this sad. Premium Times have been publishing clearly sponsored articles on this issue

  • kaydutch

    Public relations job on behalf of NIA DG Oke. This country is really fantastically corrupt.

    • duwdu

      Exactly, kaydutch!

      Sometimes, the analysis/submissions by some writers for Premium Times is so pedestrian, unintelligent, and scandalous. This subject story is clearly one of those. Chai.

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  • persona

    PT, you seem to have taken sides and this is against what fair reportage should be.
    The second issue i will like to raise is, why should a panel of ex NIA chiefs be investigating after a presidential panel had already recommended the sack of Oke?
    Buhari sacked both Lawal and Oke and said they are not shielded from prosecution, why should a team of ex- NIA heads now be providing such a shield?
    Personally, the clashes show a battle of supremacy and their independence to a large extent but Buhari has to set things in order. Even Trump had to bring Kelly in to sort such a mess in his early days.
    The panle was used to stall Magu and we know that the DSS was simply in concert with the NIA panel so that they could shied Oke.
    Why would anyone claim that Oke intimated the president about the money and yet, his wife was the person ferrying national money to a property in their personal names?
    Oke is a typical crook that uses facts to shield the truth. He wrote to Buari because he knew him as a no nonsense man as at the time of his ascendancy but was helping himself significantly or did he say that money was kept in a personal house of theirs?
    If a panel was holding EFCC back, was there one holding the former DSS chief back also? The useless law by Abdul Salam a soldier who has since left the democratic landscape for 17 years clearly should be reviewed. The guise of security is how Amosu, Dasuki, Metuh and others used to shield their corruption and clearly, if the NSA can be investigated, the NIa investigated, the military investigated, why should the DSS not be?
    The whistleblower policy is handicapped when it comes to the DSS in this case because, before the law and the nation, they cant do any grand theft that cant be forgiven.
    The last issue i have is how come Magu is yet to go after Lawal the grass cutter?

    • princegab

      Thanks, you got a good grasp of the story. But between the lines, pmb is a co- or chief conspirator in this 1st class aborted looting. EFCC carried the bull by the horns to save tons of money. The present confusion is to whitle the case and set their co culprits free. Babachir saga is same and like MTN bribe, are presidential projects.

      • EdgarLegatt

        @disqus_qjvnqdDXoX:disqus has “reluctantly” accepted that Buhari bears some responsability, you have gone the next level to suggest that pmb is co or chief conspirator. I think you got it right, nobody can be this aloof

        • princegab

          Mine was a guess, getting it right was a coincidence. Who are you and where have you been?

        • persona

          The reason for Buhari toning down is because he has seen that they are after his life in many ways than one.
          The president needs to dial back, consolidate power and then ensure his detractors are caged. Buhari was in the UK and yet, Malami was in the UAE to sign an agreement to ensure UAE is not a conduit for crime but yet met Maina??? This tells you that the same Malami that was angling to be VP should Buhari not make it si the one who also now denies ever writing any letter that led to Maina’s return but this is against the public stature of Obla who said a court judgement entitled Maina to be reinstated as he was never found guilty. How then does Obla who works closely with Malami know all these and yet Malami doesn’t?
          Buhari knows that he has so much to do to regain trust and those that tried to take him out have ensured that his followers are the same calling for him to not run because of his age and health. You need to know who to please so you can get your mandate which lets you take lasting decisions.
          I am not to tell Buhari his responsibilities, he just has to rise up to the challenge or be gone.

    • kaydutch

      Why didn’t Premium Times mention the fact Oke wife was the ones always coming to collect the cash?

      • persona

        They have chosen to burnish his image to justify the DSS attack. The issue is clear, Oke and his madam were doing strange things with monies that didn’t belong to them. The fact that people trust EFCC more than DSS says it all. The NIA cabal are using Oke as the cover to ensure that none of their past deeds is likewise exposed. PT’s publisher complained recently about the corruption in journalism, i guess he should stop applying deodorant to the stench in his own house.
        Buhari has his flaws, he has done away with Oke and no matter how they try to call a frog a prince, we are not buying. Micheal Flyn was also sent out of government and he is answering to special counsel Muller now. He is not above the law and because of his potential activities against his nation, he is behaving himself, so who is Oke or Ekpeyong that we should now say national security is the basis?

        • kaydutch

          They are basically saying that NIA and DSS officials are above the law and can loot the country blind and get away with it. At the end of the day nothing will happen to Oke and Ekpenyong,since 1960 corrupt people don’t get jailed in Nigeria. Not sure what they are afraid off.

          • persona

            Clearly, Buhari that said NIA can be investigated has to weigh in. The reason why DSS is defending Ekpeyong, is because Daura may be in the same boat after his tenure.
            If there is any integrity left in Buhari, he should call for the basis from EFCC to investigate the former DSS chief and so, empower EFCC to do the needful.
            Any president after Daura is out should also investigate DSS. We will not watch as they make DSS a black box that cant be viewed unless a crash happens.

          • kaydutch

            Buhari has zero integrity,he has a good foreign public relations firm burnishing his image. He is no different from Abacha when it comes to corruption.

          • EdgarLegatt

            “If there is any integrity left in Buhari, he should call for the basis from EFCC to investigate the former DSS chief and so, empower EFCC to do the needful.”
            =========================================================
            Now you’re TALKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

          • persona

            Buhari to the best of my understanding is carefully balancing what i call “dangerous powers”.
            The DSS challenged the president twice against Magu and they did so in concert with NASS…if you get my point.
            Ali was challenged for his relations with Buhari even his performance didn’t withhold Buhari’s detractors.
            The point is simple, Buhari is having a hands off approach with the agencies not because he is not in charge, but, he has to consolidate power because, facts indicate that the man has been a subject of various attacks both physical and spiritual.
            The challenge to him from me with regards integrity, is not that he has lost it, it has been subdued and till he consolidates, he cant challenge the powers holding him down. The Buhari that came out smoking after the elections is not the same since he fell ill severally.

          • EdgarLegatt

            Please what do you mean exactly by “consolidate power”?

          • persona

            A man goes on 3 medical vacation in 2 years and returns to several issues such as his minister prevented from seeing him, return of an international criminal that his AGF was meeting as against arresting.
            Another writes 2 separate letters about EFCC, one that went to the president indicated his candidate was ok and the other that went to senate clearly tarnishing Magu.
            You hear about the military denying openly a coup earlier and now, BH is waxing stronger somehow again?
            An agency goes to raid the houses of justices and the president has to apologize recently when it became clear they were losing cases.
            The NASS members tuned back because of security search…this should let you know that many people are acting based on strange instructions.
            That should tell you that the man has people who are acting against his interest and the best thing is to first find how to consolidate all the powers they have been usurping and who are they working for.
            If you are the one, you wont act as a one man squad because you don’t know who has your back.
            The man needs to do the needful.

          • EdgarLegatt

            I must credit you for logical reasoning, your theory is plausible I guess, but I doubt anyone can reach that objective moving this slowly and uncertainly. How can u convince anyone that a retired general can’t get any loyal close AIDS and is incapable of sacking those betraying him after over 2 years? It looks to me that the only person that has consolidated power and operating with focus and purpose is Lawal Daura

    • whereto

      you nailed it.

    • Mayo

      Nobody is ‘claiming’ Oke intimated the President, Premium Times published details of the letter written by the NSA about this stuff including the ‘official reference number’ of the letter. So this is more than just a ‘claim’

      Yes, the law by Abdul Salami should be reviewed but till it is rescinded, it remains the law and should be adhered to (assuming this is the true situation). A government agency cannot flout a law just because it doesn’t like it.

      • princegab

        The abdul’s law is ann aberration, an abomination at least. No progress for naija untill this administration is voted out.

      • persona

        I have no issue with him writing to the president. My concern is, did Oke disclose the money was kept in Ikoyi? I really doubt that as that was the basis for which he was sacked.
        Anyone can write to say they have covert operations, it could also be a notice to demand cash for such operations. Oke allegedly reported to the NSA and yet the same NSA was instrumental to his sack? I doubt writing a letter is the same as full disclosure.

    • EdgarLegatt

      The panels presidential and ex-NIA were both raised by the president. I think your “Last Issue” contradicts your statement that the agencies have any independance

      • persona

        There is a difference between the presidency and the president. Presidency is an office and president is the head thereof.
        Chief of Staff, AGF have all written letters that they turned around to claim otherwise, it doesn’t mean Buhari sanctioned it.
        The controversial letter indicating VP was to be a coordinator was debunked by the way Buhari gave VP so much latitude by even turning ministers back from London to go meet the acting president.
        The letter was from the presidency, purportedly endorsed by the president but not written by him personally.

  • disqus_jLJUa0YmE9

    Bear parlour journalism from PT. Taken side with criminal Oke and others.

    • Sam

      Very obvious, from day one . Ethnicity is ripe in Nigeria, the publisher couldn’t hold back from backing his tribesmen. Shame

  • West

    Sponsored story

  • Hashim Wakil

    Magu or Maggi is a big disgrace. EFCC is useless and should be overhauled. It seems they have no other job outside investigating this Dasuki Arms deal. Magu is more interested in keeping his job than fighting corruption. The level of corruption within the EFCC alone is scary and Magu has done nothing to cleanse and wipe out the corruption in his own bed room. It is obvious that Magu and EFCC is out to seek vengeance against the DSS and NIA for exposing his shady dealings. Every week it’s one scandal or the other involving the EFCC. The latest being that they are yet to apply to the Interpol to arrest the Mr Maina which they claim to be looking for. Magu was quick to arrest and detain Plus Anyim while Babachire Lawal is free moving
    around just because he is an APC big wig.

  • Bassey Frank

    If this bravado and public entertainment was displayed in the case of Babachir Lawal and Abdulrasheed Maina, who EFCC knew was in the country, reinstated and promoted in the civil service, with his acquired properties guided by security agents, Nigerians would have taken Magu serious. For now, this is mere playing to the galery.

    • kaydutch

      Magus is just a clown and puppet fighting APC enemies.

    • EdgarLegatt

      Nice comment, as far as I’m concerned this is all to divert attention from the Maina scandal which is still inconceivable for any rational person, he is the fugitive and represents the biggest flight risk, Not Oke who is busy handing over. Yet over a month after the staggering Maina scandal erupted, all of Buhari’s aides implicated in it have not shed any more light other than to point fingers at each other and he seems to be satisfied with that. So Maina whith his DSS issued buletproof SUV and safe house and bodyguards just vanished from the face of the earth? Is that the government’s official position? Really

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  • So oju abe niko

    Just wondering why Emmanuel Okafor, the NIA deputy DG (operations), was not picked as the next DG, and they had to go pick Mohammed Dawuda (from Chad) to be the DG. As much as one likes to look past it, there is really no way to rationalize the concentration of the security and intelligence supervision in one section of the the country.

  • Ijeuwa

    Whoever planted Daura as the SSS director has undermined the Buhari presidency. If it’s the president himself that solely picked him, then he has undermined his presidency. The man is a PDP hack whose job is to protect the very corrupt.

  • GusO

    The reporter exhibits some bias in his report. He states: “In May, PREMIUM TIMES published excerpts of letters between Mr. Oke and the Mr. Monguno, which clarified that the National Security Adviser briefed President Buhari about the money and its purpose long before the EFCC’s discovery”. Their is no excuse for Mr. Oke using his wife to move N13 billion in various national currencies to a private flat owned by his disguised wife who is not employed by the NIA. There is no excuse whatsoever.

    • atakamosu

      But the President was informed about a covert operation taking place that the money was needed for. Obviously Buhari is senile or suffering from Alzheimer’s. This is why Buhari should not be voted for ever again. And for national security this issue needs to be discussed at the NASS and the presidency.

  • Osakue

    Truth be told our PMB too slow haba !

  • Kenny

    More of such dramas would definitely play out from our fantastically corrupt theatre whose script writer is Abba Kyari.

  • Tijani

    What a wonderfully interesting and detailed press statement disguised as investigative journalism emanating from the now habitual collaborative of Dapo Olorunyomi and Laolu Akande, and by agency, from the fake pastorian fake professorian vice presidency.

    The nomenclature of the presidential panel should have been clearly stated as the vice-presidential panel, which Magu refuses to reckon with. Lest anyone thinks there is a chasm between the president and vice president, or jumps to an erroneous conclusion of blaming any cabal, the omission is the debacle”s elephant in the room.

    Magu does not take his instructions from the president, the vice president, or the cabal. In fact, Magu takes his instructions from the kitchen cabinet of the other room, and thus displays a similar lack of strategic intelligence, reasoning and discretion as a suicide bomber from Yola, with whom he shares a single-minded prediliction for self-serving sensationalism. Magu’s misbehavior has risen exponentially with his replacing Umar as the top customer of spa massage services from the other room’s beauty therapist SB from Yola.

    NIA funds have always been used for covert operations like influencing elections in other countries, sponsoring useful (to the sponsor) timely uprisings in parts of Nigeria and presidential graft purposes

    Just ask Magu why he usurps presidential authority by taking instructions from the Grace Mugabe of our climes who detests DG DSS Daura for exposing her dealings with Umar to President Buhari and his cabal.

    • EdgarLegatt

      Tijani now you are being simply disgusting, how will the yola SB even consider getting touched by that ugly thing called Magu, haba u have gone too far give am more credit

      • Tijani

        Do masseuses have the right to refuse paying customers on the grounds of avowed and evident lizardlike ugliness despite receipt of gratuities and gratification in kind? After all the SB from Yola (SBFY for short) is an avowed humanitarian providing succour and comfort all around the lion kingdom….

        • EdgarLegatt

          Lol¡!!!!!!!!! This guy u know more than u r letting out. Pls I have just 1 question, this Maina scandal maked zero sense to me, even if one were to believe in the cabal theory, even for them this is over the top. What is it really about?

        • EdgarLegatt

          Lol! this guy, u definetely know more than you are saying, I pray enlight me on this Maina Scandal, I have looked at it from all angles and cannot make any sense of it

  • Comrade Uma

    For the numbers years I have spent so far on earth and especially since I became cautious of social and political activities, I have NEVER witnessed a government as so bad and evil as this. I have NEVER imagined that Nigeria would have one of the dumbest donkey sitting in the seat of power as a President. Just look at the mess?

    This government has finally exposed Buhari as ALL words but no action. His imaginary “integrity” was only masked around the occasional sounds and fury he is accustomed to that only results in his foot soldiers killing and maiming innocent citizens.

    What a shame!

  • Abner Zaman Yuyu

    I am surprised. Please is there a hidden agenda.

  • Dankasa

    What a lopsided panel? From the composition of the panel which consist all former NIA bosses I don’t think will do justice to either EFCC or Magu. Beside who are they to stop EFCC from doing its statutory duties? EFCC Investigated former Service Chiefs so I see no reason why NIA and DSS bosses will become untouchable!

  • Yemi

    I think PremiumTimes is either owned or funded by the NIA.