Nigeria’s fight against corruption grows intense as the Presidency suspended its secretary Babachir Lawal on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Ambassador Ayo Oke, Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) was also suspended same day.
According to report, the two top government officials were suspended and are to be investigated for their respective roles in ongoing alleged corruption cases.
Report noted that both officials were seen at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, just minutes after the announcement of their suspension.
Lawal held a private meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, while the DG of NIA was barred from entering President Muhammadu Buhari’s office.
When confronted by journalists about his reactions to his suspension, Lawal responded in a voice laden with low emotion, ‘I am not aware.’
When reminded that the Presidency had issued a statement suspending him, Lawal bursted out with emotions, ‘Who’s presidency? Why is it that you people are struggling to take my photograph today, something that you people are not used to doing?’
Minutes after, the sorrowful secretary left the Presidential Villa in his vehicle.