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|$43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by Celcius: 6:41am On Apr 21|
Barely 24 hours after its constitution, the Presidential Investigative Committee on alleged infractions by two senior government officials got cracking yesterday.
The committee, headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, is probing suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal and National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Director-General Ayo Oke.
Lawal is alleged to have awarded a N200million contract to a company, Global Vision Limited, linked with him by the Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE) for the clearing of “invasive plant species” (weeds) in Yobe State.
Oke is being investigated over the $43.4million “covert operations” cash, which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) found in an apartment in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Contrary to the popular thinking that the NIA hid the $43.4million away from President Muhammadu Buhari, sources in the agency said yesterday that a brief was submitted to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) detailing the cash at hand as part of a comprehensive report for the President. But it was not clear last night whether the President actually got the report.
The Vice President and committee members met yesterday on their two-week mandate.
A source said: “The VP and members of the panel met to set up the structure for their investigation and list those who are likely to be interrogated.
“Members also got copies of the Interim Report which was submitted to the Presidency by the Acting Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu and briefs from Engr. Babachir Lawal and Amb. Ayo Oke.
“The collation of issues to determine was ongoing as at press time .Once it is done, what is left is to isolate others who will appear before the panel, apart from Magu, the SGF and DG NIA. It is a big assignment with the right foundation laid by different memos/briefs already submitted to the Presidency.”
The committee is also expecting details of the operation in Osborne Towers from the EFCC, whose Acting Chairman Magu returned to Abuja yesterday.
Another source, who spoke in confidence, said: “The committee will certainly interact with all those involved in the request and approval of the funds; the remittance of the cash and those in charge of the management of Osborne Towers.
Some lawyers may represent the embattled SGF, the NIA DG, companies and others who are to appear before the committee. But, it could not be immediately ascertained if the committee will be disposed to the engagement of lawyers.
A source said: “This investigation is about the reputation of some individuals and companies who have decided to engage lawyers to be on their defence team.
“Those affected do not want to appear before the committee and get locked in any technicality which may lead to their dismissal or prosecution.
“Their argument is that it is also the standard practice all over the world to get counsel to come along with those being investigated.”
NIA sources insisted last night that the agency did not hide the $43.4million from President Buhari.
A source said: “Contrary to what is being said, the NIA actually did not hide the $43.4million from President Muhammadu Buhari. This will imply that the agency has an ulterior motive.
“What actually happened was that the agency’s brief was submitted to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) detailing the cash at hand, including the $43.4m, as part of a comprehensive report for the President.
“We have all the memos written to ONSA. It is also a good development that the NSA, Gen. Babagana Monguno, is a member of Osinbajo’s committee. We hope that at the appropriate time, he will step aside to either corroborate or deny these memos.”
Apart from the Vice President and Monguno, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami(AGF), is also a member of the committee.
The three-man committee is expected to:
enquire into the circumstances in which the NIA came into possession of the funds; find out how and by whose or which 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.
There were indications last night that the EFCC has ended its search and combing operations in Osborne Towers in Lagos in respect of the $43.4million haul.
The operatives drafted for the assignment have returned to Abuja.
But a skeletal surveillance was left in the controversial Apartment 7B.
Also, it was learnt that the anti-graft commission has obtained some vital documents from the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) on the company used to acquire the apartment by the National Intelligence Agency (CAC).
It was gathered that one of the documents provided a fresh insight into the acquisition of the apartment with EFCC putting another company in Ikeja under watch.
A reliable source, who spoke in confidence, said: “The EFCC has ended its search and combing of apartments in Osborne Towers. Those who went for the operation in Lagos are back to Abuja.
“There is however a surveillance still being out in place in Apartment 7B where over $43.4million was recovered.”
Responding to a question, the source added: “We have also obtained vital documents from the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) implicating another company in Ikeja. The company is now under EFCC watch including the profiling of its accounts.
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|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by shadeyinka(m): 6:51am On Apr 21|
All the blame should go to Goodluck Jonathan who approved the withdrawal of such a large sum without monitoring what it was used for.
His handover note to OMB should have included the $43million except he is also part of a covert financial deal to steal Nigerians money.
Fantastically corrupt people!
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|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by cktheluckyman: 6:57am On Apr 21|
shadeyinka:Blame should go to you for believing this rooster and bull story!!!
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|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by NextGovernor(m): 7:02am On Apr 21|
It's baffles me how people like you reason. What were you expecting to hear from a panel set up by APC?
Though we dont trust our security bodies. All these are suppose to be carried out by DSS, EFCC, POLICE not APC setting up panel. In such panel their must be some bias if it finally have anything to do with their party member.
EFCC should come out and give us the name of the owner of that apartment they raided so we start from there. Not this Cork and bull story....
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|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by smartty68(m): 7:15am On Apr 21|
Why do I get this feelings that even after they've been found guilty of this allegations, they'll still walk freely on the streets and their properties won't be confiscated
Anyway, our stringent laws are written only on papers and never practiced.
*sits and watch*
|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by shadeyinka(m): 7:17am On Apr 21|
You think all this as conspiracy theory?
EFCC and other Nigeria security agencies may be slack and inefficient (a reflection of the state of Nigeria as a whole) but the case here is very dirty. APC cannot risk the mess that is about to come out from this.
I don't hate GEJ, he just didn't have a grip on Nigeria or didn't care.
|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by tuscani: 7:20am On Apr 21|
If Rotimi Judas Amaechi's name is exonerated from the list, then we are finished as a country. I do not know how Emiefele is being exonerated from all these .
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|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by shadeyinka(m): 7:22am On Apr 21|
Now, who do you think should set up the probe? PDP, APC or the Presidency?
We know who built the building, we know who bought the building and we know the mess NIA put itself into by acquiring the building as a safe house.
So many things are wrong and sentiments must not block our eyes and ears from the truth.
Jonathan is seriously implicated!
Unfortunately, if GEJ cannot be touched, the case has died even before it begins
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|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by Nobody: 7:23am On Apr 21|
Keep blaming Goodluck. APC's administration will end in 2years time or so and all they(APC) and (you) still do now is playing blame games.
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|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by shadeyinka(m): 7:30am On Apr 21|
Unfortunately for you PDP is on self-destruct mission instead of capitalizing of APCs failures as a government.
As long as there is an unwritten code of not prosecuting former head of states, the case is as good as dead but it doesn't change the fact that GEJ authorized the withdrawals for what ever purpose.
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|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by Nobody: 7:34am On Apr 21|
Unfortunately I dont follow a single political party they are all crap.
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|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by shadeyinka(m): 7:38am On Apr 21|
I agree with you, all the Political Parties in Nigeria are groups with strategies only of milking our economy dry.
Nigerians by default vote for charisma and fame rather than brains and gut.
Until that time, "the beautiful ones are not yet born"!
|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by profhezekiah: 7:44am On Apr 21|
Nigeria in trouble old men ruling and stealing like dey want,youth are begging for jobs
|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by Achuwa1(m): 8:01am On Apr 21|
If a memo was actually sent to ONSA by NIA in respect to the money & it's actually for a covert operation then this government isn't coordinated.
Coz it means the ONSA get the memo & didn't relay the information to the president then efcc broke into a NIA safe house.
Funny APC govt
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|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by Celcius: 8:04am On Apr 21|
Let's read please. Its been reported that the DG NIA had no intention to hide the money. The funds had been reported to the ONSA since January 2016. If so, its still incompetence on the part of the presidency again.
|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by veekid(m): 8:57am On Apr 21|
Where's Buhari sef?
|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by three: 8:57am On Apr 21|
This SGF and DG may either go 'scot free' or be given PDP-type Soft Landing.
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|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by generalbush: 8:57am On Apr 21|
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|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by uzoclinton(m): 8:57am On Apr 21|
|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by sotall(m): 8:57am On Apr 21|
|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by advania(m): 8:59am On Apr 21|
Naija government and committee
|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by josephine123: 8:59am On Apr 21|
|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by passyhansome(m): 8:59am On Apr 21|
Why do we always set up panels, when we have the EFFC, Police,ICPC do they mean they can't investigate it why set up a committee and increase our payroll?
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|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by Goddex: 9:00am On Apr 21|
|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by Goddex: 9:00am On Apr 21|
Buhari's govt is whacked
The most confused govt in Africa.
So, now they are coming back to tell us NIA did brief both the current NSA and Buhari himself about the money
|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by PUSH1(m): 9:02am On Apr 21|
Keep the enemies talking Mr VP
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|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by kitaatita: 9:02am On Apr 21|
tuscani:Please where is the link to Rotimi Amaechi. Help us start the investigation so that Nigeria is not finished
|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by EmekaBlue(m): 9:03am On Apr 21|
|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by aolawale025: 9:03am On Apr 21|
Are we going to say because Buhari also approved funds for PINE. He should be indicted for the grass cutting scandal?
|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by obembet(m): 9:03am On Apr 21|
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|Re: $43.4m: Osinbajo Panel Compiles List Of Invitees by akpasubi777(m): 9:04am On Apr 21|
The Buhari I know has brain, gut and swagger.
He is for nobody yet he's for everybody.
Check him out well
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