Osinbajo panel submits report today
Senate insists on Lawal’s prosecution
Barring any last minute changes, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led Presidential Committee investigating the suspended Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke and suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, over sundry allegations, will round off its assignment today and submit a report to President Mohammadu Buhari.
A member of the panel and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who gave the indication yesterday said Vice President Osinbajo is expected to make the submission to President Mohammadu Buhari tomorrow.
Malami who briefed State House Correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Buhari yesterday, however declined to speak on the report, saying it will be preemptive to do so.
Meanwhile, the Senate yesterday received the final report of its adhoc committee that investigated mounting humanitarian crisis in the North East. The report recommended among others that: “the suspended SGF having contravened the provision of Part 1 of the Fifth Schedule of the 1999 Constitution (As amended); the Public Procurement Act 2007 and breach the Oaths of Office as Secretary to the Government of the Federation, should be prosecuted by the relevant authorities.
The Shehu Sani-led committee also recommended further investigation by relevant Agencies of Government on why contract-benefiting companies paid over N500,000,000.00 into Rholavision Engineering Limited.
Other recommendations of the committee’s report which may be debated on Thursday include; that the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) should undertake a revaluation of all such contracts to recover any proceeds from overinflated contracts; that the relevant agencies should ensure that contracts partially executed but fully paid for must be completed by the concerned contractors, or be asked to refund the equivalent money of outstanding jobs to the government treasury.
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