Fayose 'Suspension of SGF, NIA boss suspicious,' Governor says

Fayose wondered why Lawal's suspension is coming at a time the government decided to investigate the $43 million cash found at an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos.

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Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Wednesday, April 19, said that the suspension of  Lawal Babachir, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) is suspicious.

Fayose queried President Muhammadu Buhari's action against Lawal, wondering why it is coming at a time the government decided to investigate the $43 million cash found at an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos.

He said this development shows that the current administration is confused.

Fayose said this in a statement issued on his behalf by his spokesman, Lere Olayinka.

According to him, the suspension of Lawal and Ayo Oke, Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), is an attempt to shield the real owners of the cash haul.

The NIA boss had claimed that the money belongs to the agency for 'covert operations'.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) discovered the cash last Wednesday in apartment 7B of Osborne Towers during a sting operation which was aided by a whistle-blower.

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Fayose said it is obvious that Buhari is no longer in control of his government.

He said: "Would the president have set up a probe panel if these scams were linked to anyone in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or those members of his party that are not in his good books.

"Most importantly, what business does presidential committee have with investigation of crime? Are they telling Nigerians that they have lost confidence in all the intelligence and investigative agencies of the government, including the EFCC and DSS?

"The Buhari-led federal government is operating like many governments within one government. There appears to be many presidencies within the presidency and this is the reason for the confusion everywhere.

"Why wait for this messy OsborneGate to act on the Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE) grass-cutting scam? Could it have been a case of one presidency (Buhari) writing the senate on January 17, 2017 to clear the SGF and another presidency suspending him today?"

The Presidency on Wednesday announced the suspension of the SGF and the NIA boss pending investigations into their separate matters are concluded.

The Presidential fact-finding committee on the cases has been given 14 days to unravel the truth and report back to the President.

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