EFCC Arrests Ex-SGF, Babachir Lawal, Set To Arraign Him Today
EFCC To Drag Babachir Lawal To Court
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the immediate-past Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.
Naija News understands that the former SGF, who was picked up by operatives of the agency yesterday, is expected to be arraigned today following a charge of conspiracy and fraud levelled against him by the anti-graft agency.
Lawal will be docked before an FCT High Court in Maitama to be presided over by Justice Jude Okeke, Daily Trust reports.
The EFCC had filed a 10-count charge bordering on conspiracy and fraud against him and Hamidu David Lawal, Suleiman Abubakar and two companies, Rholavision Engineering Ltd and Josmon Technologies Ltd.
Just to prove they are fighting corruption, EFCC has hurriedly arrested Babachir Lawal
The intention is not to prosecute him, but to provide news headlines
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In the charge filed on January 30 by Offem Uket for the commission, Lawal was alleged to have conspired with Hamidu, a director in Rholavision and Abubakar, a staff in the same company, to fraudulently acquire a property and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 26(1)(c) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable under Section 12 of the same Act.
One of the charges accused Hamidu, Abubakar and Rholavision to have “abet the award of contract to Rholavision Engineering Ltd for the removal of invasive plant species and simplified irrigation to the tune of N6.4million by the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) through the Presidential Initiative for North East (PINE).”
Count 9 of the charge accused Hamidu to have “abet the holding indirectly of a private interest by Engineer Babachir Lawal in the award of a contract to Josmon Technologies Ltd for the removal of invasive plant species and simplified irrigation by OSGF through PINE to the tune of N272.5million.”
Lawal was also accused to have fraudulently acquired a private interest in a contract awarded to Josmon Technologies Ltd.
Recall President Muhammadu Buhari had in October 2017, sacked Lawal following a report of investigations by a panel headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, into allegations of fraud levelled against him.
I wonder ooo. Maybe they think we are nonentities.
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