Osibanjo Holds Meeting With EFCC, DSS, Police And Others

Osibanjo Holds Meeting With EFCC, DSS, Police And Others

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday, 20 April 2017 met with Lawal Daura, director-general of the Department for State Services (DSS), Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP) and Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), Babagan Monguno, national security adviser (NSA), were also part of the meeting, which held at Aso Rock.

Malami and Monguno are members of the panel which President Muhammadu Buhari set up to probe the monies the EFCC recovered from an apartment in Lagos.

The panel is investigating the suspended SGF over alleged violations of laws and due process in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North-East (PINE).

It is also probing the circumstances in which the NIA came into possession of the funds, how and by whose or which authority the funds were made available to the agency, 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 committee, headed by Osinbajo, is expected to submit its report within 14 days.

Yadam has taken over as the Acting Director General of NIA. Yadam, who was the Deputy Director General in charge of Administration, took up the mantle of leadership on Wednesday and has been holding consultations with other top ranking officials to chart a new course.

The panel was given two weeks to submit its report.

Last week, the commission found $43.4 million, N23 million and £27,000 in an apartment in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Ayo Oke, director general of the National Intelligence Academy (NIA), had said the money belong to his agency.

On Wednesday, Buhari suspended Oke alongside Babachir Lawal, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF).

At the end of Thursday’s meeting which took place inside Osinbajo’s office, the security chiefs refused to speak with state house correspondents.

It was only Magu who spoke briefly. He said the meeting was about assets recovery.

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