Many months after he was suspended from office as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to the 10-count charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Details of the arraignment remain sketchy at the time of this report since the sitting is ongoing, but The Guardian confirmed that Lawal, who was suspended after he was indicted by the National Assembly and another panel over issues relating to alleged fraud, appeared at an Abuja high court.
One of the charges against him is the alleged fraudulent diversion of funds meant for the clearing of evasive plants on the north east.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had concluded plans to arraign Babachir Lawal in court over alleged fraud.
Lawal’s arraignment was fixed for Tuesday by a high court in Maitama area of Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The immediate past SGF will be appear alongside four others before Justice Jude Okeke on a 10-count charge of conspiracy and fraud.
The report said he would be charged with four others including Hamidu David Lawal, Suleiman Abubakar and two companies, Rholavision Engineering Ltd and Josmon Technologies Ltd.
It was learnt that the EFCC, in its charges which were filed on Wednesday, January 30, alleged that Lawal 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.
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It was also reported how Babachir Lawal recently said he performed well when he was in office.
Lawal, who was sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly diverting funds meant for internal refugees in the northeast, made the statement in an interview.
The former SGF said he did not have any regret serving in Buhari’s government, while noting that he did not know anything about the report indicting him over alleged corruption.
“I don’t know the report. Have you seen the report? I have not seen the report. So, I don’t know what is in the report. They didn’t give me,” the ex-SGF said.
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