- A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that former secretary-general to the federation, Babachir Lawal, be remanded in EFCC custody
- Lawal who earlier appeared in court, pleaded not guilty to the 10-count charges filed against him by the commission
- Among the charges against him is the alleged fraudulent diversion of funds meant for the clearing of evasive plants in the northeast
After Babachir Lawal pleaded not guilty to the 10-count charge filed against him by the EFCC, Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that the former secretary-general to the federation be remanded in the custody of the commission.
Channels TV reports that Babachir Lawal would be in EFCC custody, pending the ruling of the court on his bail application.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that many months after he was suspended from office as the SGF, Babachir Lawal, appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to the 10-count charge filed against him by the EFCC.
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 in the northeast.
In a related development, EFCC earlier concluded plans to arraign Babachir Lawal in court over alleged fraud. Lawal’s arraignment was fixed for February 12 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.
It was also reported how Babachir Lawal recently said he performed well when he was in office. Lawal, who was sacked by President 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.
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