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Buhari has final say on SGF, NIA Boss probe, says Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday said that President Muhammadu Buhari has the final say on the report of the Presidential investigative panel that probed of the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke.

Speaking with State House correspondents after submitting the report to Buhari, Osinbajo, said that it was now left for the President to study it before arriving at a decision.

He declined to comment on the recommendations of the report.

Asked what the report contained, he said “Of course not. I mean this is a report which contains recommendations to the President.

It is a fact finding committee as you know and what our terms of reference were was to find out based on the fact available to us and based on the interviews of witnesses of what transpired in those cases of the report one involving the SGF and the other the DG of NIA.

“We have now concluded that and we submitted a full report with recommendations to the President. We cannot of course give you any kind of details because the President has to look at the report, study it and then make his own decisions based on that report.”

On whether the government is going to look at the SGF report from the angle of justice or as close friend, he said “Well as you can imagine we are always fair minded and the whole approach is to ensure that justice is done in all cases.

“It is in the interest of the government and also the interest of the nation that things are done properly and that there is due process and that we are not unfair. You can be sure that we will do the right thing.

Asked how soon the President will decide on the report, Osinbajo said “All I can now say is that we have submitted the report to the President and it is a very detailed report as a matter of fact.

The President has to study the report and make decisions.

Pressed further to give insight into the report, he said “Of course I cannot, how can I? This is a document which has just been submitted to the President. He is the one who will read the recommendations and the facts and then make a decision.

On whether heads will roll, he said “No, how can I tell you? If you want to know what is in the report you have to wait, you really have to wait.”

Lawal was investigated for allegations of violations of law and due process in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE).

Oke, on the other hand, was probed over the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.

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