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AFP (File photo) / Anti-corruption officers found more than $43m (£34m) in a Lagos flat that was allegedly linked to Ayo Oke
President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked two senior officials in his government over allegations of corruption – one of whom is head of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke.
The other is Babachir David Lawal, the cabinet secretary.
In a statement, presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said the president had acted on the recommendation of a government panel led by his deputy Yemi Osinbajo.
Boss Mustapha has been named as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) with immediate effect.
Mr Adesina said: “President Buhari also approved the setting up of a three-member panel to, among other things, look into the operational, technical and administrative structure of the [NIA] and make appropriate recommendations.”
However, the statement did not touch on what would happen regarding the allegations of corruption levied against the former NIA and SGF bosses.
Mr Oke was suspended in April over the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies in a residential apartment in Lagos’ affluent Ikoyi neighbourhood, which was traced to his agency.
Mr Lawal was accused of using his company as a front to get a 200m naira ($555,000; £421,000) grass-cutting contract from an establishment under the supervision of his office set up to clear “invasive plant species” in Yobe State. He denied the allegations.Source: BBC