ABUJA, April 19 Nigeria's President Muhammadu
Buhari on Wednesday ordered an investigation into corruption
allegations against a senior civil servant related to the use of
funds intended for handling a humanitarian crisis in the
northeast of the country.
Buhari, who took office in May 2015 on promises to crack
down on corruption, suspended David Babachir Lawal, secretary to
the Nigerian government, and ordered a probe into contracts
awarded under the Presidential Initiative on the North East
PINE was set up to coordinate the government's response to
the humanitarian crisis in the northeast, where 4.7 million
people, many of them refugees from an Islamist insurgency waged
by the Boko Haram militant group, need rations to survive.
A three-man committee is to submit its report to the
president within 14 days, a statement issued by the president's
spokesman said on Wednesday.
Reuters was not immediately able to reach Lawal for comment.
(Reporting by Felix Onuah; Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram;
Editing by Gareth Jones)