Babachir Lawal, the secretary to the government of the federation, the man Nigerians refer to as “Grasscutter,” for his role in awarding contracts worth N200 million to his company has been suspended. The presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said the president ordered an investigation into the allegations of violations of law and due process made against Mr. Lawal in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East, PINE.
Also suspended is Ayo Oke, Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) for claiming the about $50 million found in a Lagos apartment. The President also ordered a full-scale investigation into the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, over which the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, has made a claim.
Pundits have over the months since Babachir’s contract scandal asked the presidency to look up his case and the Senate have also reiterated that something was wrong with the way contracts were awarded to several companies under the SGF.