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Ikoyi Loot Osinbajo panel commences work

Akande also said that the panel will invite all relevant officials to shed light on various issue.

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Nigeria's Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo

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Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the Vice-President, has announced that the panel set up by President Buhari to investigate the some top officials in his government, has started work.

Akande, in  a statement released to Pulse News on Saturday, April 22, 2017, said the panel will invite all relevant officials to shed light on various issue.

He said "The Presidential Committee ordered earlier this week by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe certain allegations against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engineer Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Mr. Ayo Oke has commenced its work in earnest.

"President Buhari on Wednesday established the 3-man panel headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, with Attorney-General & Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami and National Security Adviser, Rtd Major General Babagana Munguno as members, to investigate allegations of legal and due process violations made against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF and the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a residential apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos.

"In the discharge of its work, the panel is expected to invite all relevant officials and private individuals who may be connected to both cases. It will also obtain and scrutinize documents that may throw some light on the issues raised in both cases. All its proceedings will however be in closed sessions to avoid speculations, allow for full disclosure and enhance the pace of proceedings.

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"The panel which is expected to submit its report to the President at the expiration of the 14-day deadline, will conduct it's work with utmost diligence and without fear or favour."

You will recall that the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo probe panel on Thursday, April 20, 2017, met with top security chiefs over the recovered Ikoyi 'loot'.

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