The Presidential committee investigating corruption allegations against Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir Lawal and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke, is to conduct its work in secret.
A statement by the Vice President’s Spokesman, Laolu Akande, in Abuja said the closed-door sitting would enable all parties in the matter to make full disclosures.
Mr. Lawal was accused of violating due process in the award of contracts to companies handling the resettlement programmes in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the North-East.
Mr Oke’s case is in connection with the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the EFCC, in a residential apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo heads the panel alongside the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Munguno.
The statement read that the panel will obtain and scrutinize documents that may throw some light on the issues raised in both cases.
“All its proceedings will however be in closed sessions to avoid speculations, allow for full disclosure and enhance the pace of proceedings,” it stated.
The statement assured: “The panel which is expected to submit its report to the President at the expiration of the 14-day deadline, will conduct it’s work with utmost diligence and without fear or favour.”
In announcing their suspension last week, a statement by the Presidency had said that said the men will be suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.