Fayose describes suspension of SGF Lawal, NIA DG as cover-up

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described the suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal; and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency NIA, Ayo Oke over their alleged involvement in controversial matters as an afterthought and a deliberate cover-up.

Mr. Oke was suspended after his agency claimed ownership of over N13 billion cash recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos. The SGF, on his part, was suspended following allegations of his involvement in the shady award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on North East, PINE. Both men are also to be investigated by a presidential panel.

Mr. Fayose had earlier alleged that the money belonged to the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, whom he claimed owned the apartment in which the money was found.

The Ekiti governor claimed the setting up of a three-man committee to investigate the discovery of the money was diversionary and a prelude to the official cover-up of the original
owners of the money.

“Would the President have set up a probe panel if these scams were linked to anyone in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or those members of his party that are not in his good books?” the governor said in a statement by his spokesperson, Lere Olayinka.

“Most importantly, what business does Presidential Committee have with investigation of crime? Are they telling Nigerians that they have lost confidence in all the intelligence and investigative agencies of the government, including the EFCC and DSS?”

Mr. Fayose alleged there were various power blocks in the presidency.

“The Buhari-led Federal Government is operating like many governments within one government. There appears to be many Presidencies within the Presidency and this is the reason for the confusion everywhere.,” he said.

“Did the President not write a letter dated January 17, 2017, to the Senate, exonerating the SGF? So, what has changed in the case of the SGF? Was his announced suspension just for balancing?” he asked.

“Why waiting for this messy OsborneGate to act on the Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE) grass-cutting scam? Could it have been a case of one Presidency (Buhari) writing the Senate on January 17, 2017 to clear the SGF and another Presidency suspending him today?

“Whichever way one looks at it, it gives no other impression than that
of confusion in the government.”

Mr. Fayose also wondered why there was no presidential committee on abandoned N49 million cash in an airport that has CCTV cameras and that of the N448 million the EFCC said it found in a shop at LEGICO Shopping Plaza, Ahmadu
Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos.

“In all these, what I see is a government trying frantically to cover-up corrupt acts of its functionaries but like I said before now, even though we know that the APC-led federal government has the capacity to sweep it under the carpet like many others before it, Nigerians will have it on record that they are being ruled by a government of the more you look, the less you see,” he said.

The suspensions came days after a volley of confusion on who owned the huge cash found in the apartment and the subsequent claims by the NIA.

The presidential committee headed by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, is to enquire into the circumstances in which the NIA came into possession of the funds, how and by whose authority the funds were made available to the NIA, and to establish whether or not there has been a breach of the law or security procedure in obtaining custody and use of the funds.

The three-person committee also comprises the Attorney-General of the Federation and the National Security Adviser.


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  • Henry

    Face Ekiti governance time is going your busy body too much.Despite the fact that you are igno red by the Presidency yet wisdom does not tell you, that you should becareful.

  • bayobe

    Always looking for relevance, Fayose. The suspension of SGF Babachir Lawal and NIA DG, Oke was done to allow thorough investigation, but you wouldn’t want the real culprit to be found or arrested since the money was remnants of what you and friends stole from Jonathan govt. deceiving the poor man you will give him victory in 2015 election by hook or by crook. When yourself, ffk and Wike claim to know the owner of the Ikoyi money without any real proof we all know something is fishy.

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  • Osakue

    I beg bros why not concentrate on your people Ekiti people are not smiling to the bank like you. Leave my president alone. What we are witnessing in this government has not been seen since 1999.

    • Frank Bassey

      Brilliant thought. Mtcheeew.

  • amazing2012

    Satan will never see anything good. This is the only government in Nigeria history that suspends such high officers.

    • Frank Bassey

      You are not in this country.

      • amazing2012

        My brother, if you want to see good or bad, is your choice. However, there will never be a good or bad government, it all depend on how you see it. Your destiny is not in anyway attached to people that have a wide gap between two of you.
        There is no government, person, tribe, ethnicity, color, religion, region, race, gender, or any similarity with you that will make you rich or comfortable, it is YOU, oh yes YOU, YOURSELF! Stop waiting for unknown, work on yourself to achieve success.

  • Isaac Azor

    When will the press stop giving coverage to this diahrea mouth infested? He is a complete neausance.

  • donMe$$i

    “WHO IS THE PRESIDENCY???” – Babachir Lawal

    The SW-APC e-zombies crying here still don’t get it
    ‘ever hearing, but never understanding; ever seeing, but never perceiving.’

    The Attorney-General, Osinbajo and the NSA who are members of the committee are ‘the presidency’.
    SGF Babachir Lawal is ‘the presidency’
    Same ‘presidency’ cleared him before. The minions cheered.
    Babachir is Tinubu’s candidate. Osinbajo is Tinubu’s candidate.
    Presidency should investigate ‘presidency’!

    APC minions, Una MUMU never do????

  • Frank Bassey

    Sound reasoning. This is government of deceit, hypocrisy and lies.

    • Osakue

      But they are discovering billions upon billions and are in full control of the territory of FRN. That is good for me and my family.