Osinbajo Committee Quizzes Suspended SGF

Osinbajo Committee Quizzes Suspended SGF

The Suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, failed to appear before the Senate panel probing the alleged mismanagement of funds meant for the care of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East, on Thursday.

The panel is also investigating the suspended, Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke.

The other two members of the presidential committee are the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

Meanwhile, the Senate ad hoc committee has asked Lawal to appear before it on April 27 by 10.00 a.m.

Iraqi forces retake town of Hatra southwest of Mosul
IS has lost much of the territory it once controlled amid twin offensives in Syria and Iraq, including several ancient sites. Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, fell to IS in the summer of 2014, along with large swaths of northern and western Iraq.

It was the third time Mr. Lawal would be invited by the committee which blew the lid of the procurement frauds at the Presidential Initiative for the North East, an intervention agency under the office of the SGF.

The Senator Shehu Sani led ad-hoc committee submitted its interim report on the matter in December previous year.

A Senate Committee on the Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East had found Babachir culpable of alleged complicity in N200m grass-cutting contract to clear "invasive plant species" in Yobe State.

He was suspended in connection with the discovery of N15 billion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, this month.

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Singapore's foreign ministry did not respond to requests for comment on the country's relationships with China and Asean. Last year, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled against China in a case brought by the Philippines.

The Kaduna Central lawmaker said the committee would compile its report and submit same to the Senate next week.

"I confirm that we got the letter and we will provide the documents to the committee", he said.

The Three-man Committee which is headed by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has the Hon.

"You may recall that the ad hoc committee had invited you to appear before it for the second time on Wednesday, March 15, 2017".

India demands consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav
Bambawale also made a fresh request for consular access to Jadhav, which, according to the Pakistani media, has been turned down. The Pakistan Army had before said there will be "no bargain" on the issue of capital punishment granted to Jadhav.

"The Committee has granted your request conveyed in your letter dated 22nd March, 2017, and re-scheduled the meeting".

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