As he was descending the staircase of the Vice-President’s office after the meeting, the suspended SGF walked into the waiting hands of State House correspondents.
When he was asked to react to his suspension, he claimed he was not aware of the development.
The following conversation ensued between the reporters and the suspended SGF:
Your suspension has just been announced. How will you react to the development?
Who announced it?
Then ask them. Why are you asking me? Who is the Presidency?
Have you been informed of the suspension?
By who? About what? What about you? Have you been informed?
By the Presidency sir.
I have not seen it. I should have been given… I have not seen the press release; so, I cannot comment on it.
It is currently trending online. Are you doubting the authenticity of the statement?
I have not seen it.
Tell us the outcome of your meeting with the Vice-President sir.
I am always here. I always meet the Vice-President. I used to come here even before I was made the SGF.
Shortly after, Lawal was driven out of the premises in his official car, Oke also arrived the Presidential Villa.
Immediately he stepped out of his official car and sighted journalists, he was also moved to tears and turned back.
His security operatives quickly shielded him from photojournalists as he was smuggled back into his car.
They made an attempt to drive him into the forecourt of the President’s office through the Service Chiefs’ Gate but his convoy was denied access by the security men manning the gate.
He was then driven out of the premises.
Officials from the media office later came out to appeal to journalists to leave the area and return to the Council Chambers’ Press Gallery.
Shortly after the area was cleared of journalists, Oke returned to meet Osinbajo.
Journalists were barred from interviewing him.
With the presence of the Monguno at the Vice-President’s Office, it is believed that the three-man committee, set up by Buhari to investigate Lawal and Oke, had started work.