EFCC Arrests Babachir Lawal, To Arraign Him Today

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

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.

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.

Source:- Dailytrustng