Corruption allegation: PMB removes Babachir Lawal

President Buhari has begun reducing down the influence of the Secretary of the Federal Government, Babachir Lawan.

PMB removed Babachir as the committee chairman of the presidential committee on the reconstitution of federal government boards of parastatals, agencies, and commissions.

Multiple sources claim the President appointed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to chair the presidential committee.

The chairman of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agencies (NDLEA) Mustapha Abdallah will assist the VP.

“The SGF is no longer in charge of that responsibility, for obvious reasons.

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“The committee is working vigorously and will soon conclude its work after which it will submit its report to Mr. President,” a source said.

The AGF recently queried the SGF over alleged fraud at the Presidential Initiative on North East (PINE).

The Senate also accused the SGF of several misdeeds including failing to account for N2.5 billion PINE funds.

The SGF had however denied all the allegations.

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In his New Year message, the president had said his “Government is aware of some mistakes and wrongdoings in handling the affairs of IDPs.

“We are taking measures to correct those mistakes and punish the culprits,” he said.

The president had constituted an 8 member, headed by Babachir.

Their task was to compile names of prospective appointees into federal government boards, parastatals and agencies.

Following widespread complaints, President Buhari mandated the VP to meet stakeholders and sort out the matter once and for all.

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“The fact is that the SGF committee, to a great extent, forgot the issue at stake.

“They forgot that the 2015 general election was handled by members of the APC Presidential Campaign Council.

“They are supposed to be compensated,” a source at the party’s secretariat, said.

“Most of them were flagrantly forgotten and even sitting governors, especially in APC states were not consulted.”

In order to address the lingering issues, the VP-led committee held their first meeting on November 14, in Abuja.

Thereafter, it was gathered that six geopolitical zones nominated a governor to represent them during subsequent brainstorming.