Presidential Committee releases operational guideline for probe of SGF Lawal and NIA DG Ayo Oke

Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has released the operational guideline on how the committee for the probing of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke, will operate.

The committee for the probe was raised by President Muhammadu Buhari. Prof. Osinbajo, said on Saturday, through his spokesman, Laolu Akande, that the committee would “invite all relevant officials and private individuals who may be connected to both cases.”

Osinbajo also said that the committee would “obtain and scrutinize documents that may throw some light on the issues raised in both cases.”

The proceedings of the committee will be closed to the public in order to enhance the process, avoid speculations, and allow for full disclosure, the vice president noted.

According to the VP, the committee “will conduct its work with utmost diligence and without fear or favour” and submit a comprehensive report to President Buhari at the end of the 14-day deadline given to it.

Read Mr. Osinbajo’s full statement below:

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE WORK OF THE PRESIDENTIAL INVESTIGATIVE PANEL

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 three-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.

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.

Laolu Akande

Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the President

Office of the Vice President

April 22, 2017

Osinbajo presides over FEC meeting in Buhari’s absence

President Muhammadu Buhari was reportedly absent at the Federal Executive Council meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President, presided over the meeting, which began around 11 am.

Buhari presided over the previous meeting, last Wednesday, during which he unveiled the Economic and Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP). His absence is the first since his arrival from the United Kingdom after a 49 day absence from Nigeria.

Osinbajo takes charge of the meeting for the first time since the President returned from his 49-day medical vacation in London, United Kingdom.

Abuja Airport repair 80 percent done – FAAN

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja is nearing completion. According to Mr. Saleh Dunoma, Managing Director of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the runway is 80 percent completed.

Dunoma stated this during an inspection tour by Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President, on Friday.

He said that the project will be completed well in time before the April 19 deadline.

“The overall completion is 80 per cent as of today and the critical elements of the work that we have which are asphalt-laying and airfield lighting installation are 73 per cent and 40 per cent, respectively, completed.

“The next critical part, of course, is marking which will start on Monday.

“At the end of the day, the regulator will have to come and certify it; then, we will be ready for reopening on April 19,’’ he said.

He added that FAAN is also using the opportunity of the airport’s closure to conduct a complete rehabilitation of the terminal.

“We are seizing this opportunity of empty building to make sure that we rehabilitate the entire terminal building and that includes the facilities that are there such as mechanical, electrical and civil.

“We will get it done before the 19th and all the works there will be completed before that day.

“April 19 remains sacrosanct and we want to reassure Nigerians that come April 19, the airport will be opened,’’ he said.

The airport’s runway was constructed in 1982 with a 20-year time-frame before it would require rehabilitation, but it has been in use for 35 years before its first repair work, which required the airport to be shut for six weeks beginning from March 8, 2017.

Osinbajo in Paris for anti-corruption talks

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President, has departed for France to attend the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum.

The theme for the forum is centred around how corruption in public sectors distorts development. Specifically, participants at the forum will talk about how “corruption and abuse of public office are a blight on democracies and a drain on public finances.”

Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media, said that the OECD helps global leaders, business executives and members of the civil society to discuss ways of fostering growth.

“They will discuss issues pertaining to “the cost to society of corruption, the use of political donations to buy influence, developments in corporate liability for graft, and the role of export controls to counter bribery.”

The forum begins on Thursday 30 March and ends on Friday 31. The VP is expected back in Nigeria by weekend.