Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s Committee, set up to investigate the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal and the Director-General of the Nigerian Intelligence Agence, NIA, Ayo Oke, has recommended the removal of the duo. This recommendation, contained in the report of the probe, leaked to the media on Wednesday.
Similarly, a massive shake-up has been planned for the NIA and the SGF’s offices.
The Nigerian government is, however, expected to release the findings and recommendations once President Muhammadu Buhari gives his nod.
Buhari, it was gathered, received the report before his medical follow-up trip abroad last Sunday.
He and Osinbajo had a closed-door deliberation on the next line of action.
Other members are Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami and National Security Adviser (NSA) Gen. Babagana Munguno.
But it is not yet known if there will be any form of soft landing for Lawal and Oke.
A source told newsmen that “I don’t envisage public ridicule of suspended Lawal and Oke. But they will be made to cough out whatever money went missing under them.”
Recall that the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, raised alarm that there was a ploy by those close to President Buhari to give them a soft-landing.
CACOL in a statement by its Director, Debo Adeniran, said “The body language we are getting from the FG of recent is of a government now buckling down to serious business.
“We trust that the Vice President, as a man of proven integrity himself, must have assembled a team he believed would midwife foolproof investigation and come up with impeccable findings.
“The country is at the edge of a precipice and I don’t think this government has the time to elongate keeping those who are not in same spirit with it in office.”