I can’t disclose details of panel report – Osinbajo

I can’t disclose details of panel report – Osinbajo
August 23 18:20 2017

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said Nigerians must wait a little longer before they can have the details of the report of the panel that investigated the corruption allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke.

Osinbajo told State House correspondents after submitting the report to President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday that the President has to study it first before taking a decision based on its recommendations.

The committee which had the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN); and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, as members, was initially billed to submit its report to Buhari on May 8 but could not do so because the President left the country on May 7 for London and did not return until last Saturday.

“It is a fact-finding committee as you know and what our terms of reference were was to find out based on the fact available to us and based on the interviews of witnesses of what transpired in those cases, one involving the SGF and the other the DG of NIA.

“We have now concluded that and we submitted a full report with recommendations to the President.

“We cannot, of course, give you any kind of details because the President has to look at the report, study it and then make his own decisions based on that report,” Osinbajo said.

He continued: “All I can say now is that we have submitted the report to the President and it is a very detailed report as a matter of fact. The President has to study the report and make decisions.”

On whether heads will roll based on the report, the Vice President said, “No, how can I tell you? If you want to know what is in the report, you have to wait. You really have to wait.”

Present at the brief ceremony where Osinbajo presented the report to the President were the two other members of the committee and the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

The President had on April 19 suspended Lawal and Oke and constituted a three-man committee led by Osinbajo to investigate them.

The panel investigated allegations of violations of law and due process and embezzlement of 250 million naira made against Lawal in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East while it probed Oke on the discovery of 15 billion naira by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in an apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, for which NIA is claiming ownership.