After Obasanjo’s Letter, EFCC Detains Babachir Lawal

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A day after Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo accused incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of leading a selective anti-corruption fight, the EFCC has moved in on former secretary to the government of the federation, Babachir David Lawal. He is being accused of corruption allegedly perpetrated through a company he has an interest in. Lawal was reportedly grilled for about eight hours, after which the anti-graft commission decided to detain him. The disgraced former official was relieved of his position following his indictment by a presidential panel-headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-that investigated misuse of funds meant for people displaced by Boko Haram. He had earlier been indicted by the Senate. Prior to the EFCC arrest of Lawal, the opposition and others concerned had accused the government of treating him preferentially and thus shielding him from prosecution.
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