Recovered Cash: NIA DG Allegedly Briefed National Security Adviser, EFCC Before Raid on Ikoyi Apartment
There are indications that the director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) may have earlier briefed the National Security Adviser (NSA), Mr Babagana Monguno, about the cash later recovered in an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos, long before now.
The NIA DG, Mr Ayo Oke, was suspended from office on Wednesday as President Muhammadu Buhari ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the possession of the recovered cash which was in various currencies and amounting to about N15 billion.
The probe panel comprises the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo SAN; the Attorney-General of the Federation and minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN); and the NSA, Mr Monguno.
A source close to the NIA boss on Thursday told newsmen that Mr Oke briefed Mr Monguno shortly after the present administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari came into office.
The NIA DG was said to have in his report to the NSA, outlined all the agency’s covert operations and funds in its possession at the end of the President Goodluck Jonathan government.
The NSA reportedly investigated the NIA report and approved the continuation of the operations.
It was also gathered that one hour before operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) stormed the Osborne Towers apartment last week, the NIA got wind of the move and the DG immediately alerted chairman of the anti-graft agency, Mr Ibrahim Magu, about the nature of the apartment.
The EFCC was accused of ignoring the information provided and proceeded to ransack the apartment.
According to The Sun, the NIA DG advised his agents against confronting the EFCC agents and has prepared a report on the incident to be submitted to the 3-man panel set up by President Buhari to probe him.