Senate summons suspended SGF Babachir over corruption allegations

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It was the third time Mr. Lawal would be invited by the committee which blew the lid of the procurement frauds at the Presidential Initiative for the North East, an intervention agency under the office of the SGF.

The panel, which has Attorney-General and Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami and National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen.

Lawal, who has been suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari following his indictment by the Senate ad-hoc committee, is also being investigated by a presidential panel over his role in the award of contracts by PINE.

A source at the villa said that the panel grilled him extensively on what the money was approved for and asked him to provide evidence of approval, where the cash was taken from and why the nature of the so-called "covert operation by the NIA" was not disclosed to the Buhari administration nearly two years after coming into office.

He was suspended in connection with the discovery of N15 billion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, this month.

Senator Sani (left) says Senate committee on northeast wants to question Babachir (right) after his suspension by President Buhari.

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"Following the inaugural meeting of the said Committee, I am directed by His Excellency, the Vice President and Chairman of Committee, Prof".

The Three-man Committee which is headed by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has the Hon.

"The Committee has granted your request conveyed in your letter dated 22nd March, 2017, and re-scheduled the meeting".

It will be recalled that the Director-General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayodele Oke, had claimed that the money belonged to the agency and was approved by the previous administration for covert operation.

A source said the suspended SGF had been served with the invitation letter.

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