Dr Habibat Lawal from Bauchi State and Ambassador Arab Yadam from Plateau State have assumed the positions of the acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the acting Director General, Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA), respectively in accordance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive.
President Buhari through his media aide, Mr Femi Adisina, had directed that the most senior permanent secretary at the SGF office takes over in an acting capacity.
Ambassador Arab Yadam is the most senior permanent Secretary at the NIA and is now the acting DG.
Yadam is said to be the Senior Deputy DG among Oke’s two deputies while Dr Lawal, who is the most senior Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, has stepped in as the Acting SGF.
The suspension of the two officials was to enable the Federal Government investigate alleged infractions against them.
Babachir will be probed over alleged N200million contract awarded to a company, Global Vision Limited, allegedly linked with him by the Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE) for the clearing of “invasive plant species” (weeds) in Yobe State.
Oke is being investigated for alleged $43.4million operations cash, which was found by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at apartment 7B in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi,Lagos.