EFCC Arraigns Ex-SGF Babachir Lawal Tuesday
An FCT High Court in Maitama has fixed February 12 for the arraignment of immediate-past Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal and five others.
Lawal would be docked before Justice Jude Okeke by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 10-count charge bothering on conspiracy and fraud along with Hamidu David Lawal, Suleiman Abubakar and two companies, Rholavision Engineering Ltd and Josmon Technologies Ltd.
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 N6.4 million by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) through the Presidential Initiative for North East (PINE).”
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 leveled against him.