Alleged N544.1m fraud: EFCC detains former SGF Babachir

Alleged N544.1m fraud: EFCC detains former SGF Babachir

- The EFCC has detained Babachir Lawal, the former secretary general of the federation

- Lawal is facing a 10-count charge filed against him by the anti-graft commission

- The former SGF will be arraigned at the high court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on February 12

Ahead of his arraignment at the FCT high court, the former Secretary General of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal has been detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Nation reports that Lawal, who is facing a 10-count charge, will be arraigned on Tuesday, February 12, along with five other defendants.

Those to be arraigned with the former SGF are: Hamidu David Lawal; Sulaiman Abubakar; Apeh John Monday; Rholavision Engineering Limited and Josmon Technologies Limited.

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All the suspects will face trial for alleged N544, 119, 925.36 for the removal of Invasive plant species and simplified irrigation.

On the charge sheet against Lawal, the EFCC accused the former SGF of holding “indirectly a private interest in the contract awarded to Rholavision Engineering Limited and Josmon Technologies Ltd by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) through the Presidential Initiative for North East (PINE)."

The charges read in parts: “That you Engineer Babachir David Lawal while being the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and a director of Rholavision Engineering Ltd on or about the 22nd August, 2016 at Abuja did knowingly hold indirectly a private interest in the contract awarded to Josmon Technologies Ltd but executed by Rholavision Engineering Ltd for the removal of invasive plant species and simplified irrigation to the tune of N258,132,735.00 by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) through the Presidential Initiative for North East (PINE) and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 12 of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act, 2000."

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to prosecute leaders in the All Progressives Congress (APC) that are allegedly corrupt.

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The director, media and publicity, PDP presidential campaign organisation, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Tuesday, January 22, asked the president to go beyond the former SGF and former director general of the National Intelligence Agency, and prosecute other leaders of his party who have been indicted of corruption.

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