BREAKING: EFCC arrests Babachir Lawal, To face Prosecution
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BREAKING: EFCC arrests Babachir Lawal, To face Prosecution

Dumebi Ifeanyi

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday arrested the immediate-past Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.

The former SGF, who was picked up by operatives of the agency, 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.

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.

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.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Peter Owoicho

    February 12, 2019 at 11:51 am

    This arrest and arraignment is an afterthought! What have they been waiting for all these while?

  2. Ayo Dele

    February 12, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    So EFCC is a Zobie that do not know what to do per time, except telly guided by presidency? Why are we daily retrogressing in all facets of life in this part of the world? shouldn’t the law have taken its course before now?

    So EFCC is at the order of PMB? If it continue like this, then we are still far from freedom and liberation…so shameful.

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