EFCC Charges Ex-SGF Babachir Lawal To Court

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a 10-count charge against Babachir Lawal, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

He was charged along with Hamidu David Lawal; Sulaiman Abubakar; Apeh Monday; Rholavision Engineering Limited, a company owned by him, and Josmon Technologies Limited.

The anti-graft agency also filed four count charges against Ayodele Oke, former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and his wife, Folashade. They were charged over a huge sum of money found in an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Oke and his wife will be arraigned in court on Friday, while Lawal will be in court next week.

Lawal, on December 14, 2016, was indicted of fraud when the senate ad-hoc committee on “mounting humanitarian crisis in the north-east” found that he awarded a contract to himself for the clearing of “invasive plant species” in Yobe state, through the Presidential Initiative on Northeast (PINE).

PINE, which was under Lawal, was at the time unable to account for N2.5 billion allocated to it for the alleviation of the IDPs’ suffering.

He was also accused of spending N570 million to cut grass.  Investigations revealed that Rholavision Engineering Ltd was said to have got suspicious payments of N200 million from the contract.

Buhari had sacked Lawal on October 31, 2017.

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