Abuja, By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah
Suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, yesterday appeared before the committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate allegations of financial improprieties levelled against him and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke.
Lawal who was grilled by the committee for two hours thirty minutes came out of the venueof the ongoing probe looking confident, unlike the suspended NIA DG who was cross examined by the committee for more than eight hours on Monday.
After suspending the duo, President Buhari had ordered an investigation into the allegations of violation of law and due process made against the SGF in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE).
The President also ordered the probe of Oke over the discovery of N13.3 billion in Ikoyi Towers by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Lawal who arrived the VP wing of the presidential villa where the 3-member committee is meeting at about 1:00pm came out of the meeting at 3:25pm.
Clad in a coffee brown, safari native attire with slip-on, the embattled SGF worked round the vice president’s lobby upstairs as if he was looking for his security detail.
Fiddling with his mobile phone, he went back inside and returned after five minutes before making his way down the stairs alongside two of his aides.
The suspension of the SGF came over three months after Senate Adhoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North East presented it’s interim report before the Senate plenary.
The three-man committee headed by the Vice President Osinbajo, with the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, as well as the National Security Adviser as members is expected to submit its report next week