Ex-NIA DG, Oke weeps after he is barred from entering Aso Rock

The suspended Director-General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke, broke down in tears when he was refused entry into the Presidential Villa on Wednesday shortly after his suspension.

Oke, whose suspension was announced on Wednesday  following an order from President Muhammadu Buhari, became emotional after his attempts to seek an audience with Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo was rejected.

He also tried to avoid journalists stationed at the Villa and left after being driven to the Service Chiefs’ gate where he was turned down.

Buhari 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 signed by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina  added: “The investigation is also to inquire 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.

“A three-man Committee comprising the Hon. Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, and the National Security Adviser, headed by the Vice President, is to conduct both investigations.

“The Committee is to submit its report to the President within 14 days.

“The most senior Permanent Secretary in the SGF’s office, and the most senior officer in the NIA, are to act, respectively, during the period of investigation.”

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