Osinbajo’s panel invites NIA D-G’s aides

ABUJA— The Presidential Committee probing Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ambassador Ayodele Oke, and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, David Babachir Lawal, has invited some aides of the suspended NIA boss, Vanguard learned last night. Osinbajo, Magu, Daura and Idris But the Director-General is yet to be officially invited by the panel, led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

This is even as the committee has summoned officials of some commercial banks to explain how N220 million paid the contractor, who handled the grass-cutting contract in Yobe State under the Presidential Initiative for the North-East, PINE, ended up in a firm. This is in addition to summoning the CBN to explain its role in the cash haul found in a building in Ikoyi.

The NIA D-G has not been officially invited but some of his aides have been invited by the Presidential panel,” a source said. The source said the National Security Adviser, NSA and Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, were aware of issues relating to the money recovered at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos. The source said: “The NSA and Magu were aware of these activities.

Why they (EFCC) did what they did only God knows. He (Magu) submitted what he had earlier submitted to NSA in 2015. You know Magu said he had earlier investigated NIA staff and that some of them were living above their means.” Bankers summoned over N220m remittances Meanwhile, Vanguard gathered, yesterday, that the Presidential committee has summoned some commercial banks over the N220 million for grass-cutting contract in Yobe State.

In particular, the committee is interested in understanding the rationale behind the rapid transfer of over N200 million within a couple of weeks from the contractor to a firm, Rholavision Technologies Limited. The record of transactions, now before the Osinbajo’s panel raises a lot of questions, which the panel is determined to unravel.

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