President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal from office, over the award of contracts for project under the Presidential Initiative in the North East region.
Buhari in a statement by his media aide, Femi Adesina, also ordered an investigation into the allegation that he violated the law and due process in the award of the contract.
The alleged contract awards for which Lawal was indicted by the Senate, is one of the major causes of the cold war between the Presidency and the National Assembly, which called for his sack.
Buhari directed the SGF to stay away from office until the outcome of the investigations.
The most senior permanent secretary in the Office of SGF is to take over until the outcome of the investigations.
Also, President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke, over the more than N13 billion, including $43.4 million, found in a flat at Osborne Towers in Ikoyi Lagos.
The intelligence agency is laying claim to the fund discovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), following a tip-off by whistle blowers.
Buhari in a statement by his media aide, Femi Adesina, ordered a full investigations into the circumstances in which the intelligence agency came into the possession of the huge fund.
Also, the investigators will find out how and who authorized the huge fund be made available to the agency, as well as establish whether there is a breach of the law or security procedure in obtaining the custody of the huge fund and its usage.
A three member committee, including Vice President, the national security adviser to the president and the Attorney General of the Federation will handle the investigations of the allegations against the SGF and the Director General of NIA.
Buhari gives the committee 14 days to submit its report
Also, the most senior permanent secretary in the NIA will act as the Director General, pending the outcome of the probe.