The senate ad hoc committee has issued a fresh summon to Babachir Lawal, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), to appear before it on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
This was contained in a letter signed by Shehu Sani, chairman of the committee, and addressed to the Lawal.
According to the letter, the SFG is expected to appear as part of the ongoing investigation into claims that funds earmarked for the humanitarian crisis in the north-east were mismanaged.
The letter read:
“The senate at its sitting on 4th October 2016, debated on a motion “mounting humanitarian crisis in the north east” after which an ad-hoc committee was constituted,”
“The committee was to conduct a public hearing in order to ascertain how much has been released to the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE) and also to ascertain how these funds have been utilised from inception to date.
“The committee was also expected to investigate the diversion of grains and other food items from the Strategic Grain Reserves, NEMA and other sources for the IDPs.
“Consequently, the committee held a three-day public hearing between December 6 and December 8, 2016, even though some of the invited stakeholders refused to attend.”
Meanwhile, in January, President Buhari had written to the senate in defence of Babachir Lawal.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki mandated the committee to carry out a fresh public hearing and invite relevant stakeholders, including Lawal to defend themselves.