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Former SGF, Babachir Lawal, Quickly Arrested And Dragged To Court, May Confess Today

The immediate past Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, has arrived in court for his arraignment, on alleged conspiracy and fraud criminal charges.

He arrived in the company of Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The former SGF was arrested on Monday night, by the anti-graft Agency.

Two Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SANs, have already been sighted inside the court.

One of them, Chief Akin Olujinmi, SAN, a former Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, is expected to lead the defence team.

Lawal will be docked before a FCT High Court, in Maitama, to be presided over by Justice Jude Okeke.

The EFCC had filed a 10-count charge bothering on conspiracy and fraud, against Babachir Lawal 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 N6.4 million, 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 contract to Josmon Technologies Ltd for the removal of invasive plant species, and simplified irrigation by the OSGF through PINE, to the tune of N272.5 million.”

Lawal was also accused to have fraudulently acquired a private interest in a contract awarded to Josmon Technologies Ltd.

Recall, that 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.

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