Recovered $50M NIA DG, Ayo Oke cries in Aso Rock after suspension

The NIA DG started crying after he was refused access to the Villa while making attempts to see President Muhammadu Buhari or Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

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NIA DG. Ambassador Ayodele Oke

(Sahara Reporters)

Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke, on Wednesday, April 12, wept profusely at the Presidential Villa after his suspension.

The NIA DG started crying after he was refused access to the Villa while making attempts to see President Muhammadu Buhari or Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

Oke was suspended by Buhari on Wednesday in connection with the recent discovery of $50 million by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Lagos.

The NIA DG had claimed that the money, which was found in an Ikoyi flat on April 12, belonged to his agency and had been allocated for “covert operations” by former president, Goodluck Jonathan.

“The President has ordered a full scale investigation into the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, over which the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has made a claim,” a statement earlier released by Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina read.

“The investigation is also to enquire into the circumstances in which the NIA came into possession of the funds, how and by whose or which authority the funds were made available to the NIA, and to establish whether or not there has been a breach of the law or security procedure in obtaining custody and use of the funds.

“The President has also directed the suspension of the Director General of the NIA, Ambassador Ayo Oke, pending the outcome of the investigation,” it added.

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Oke was suspended along with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.