Babachir Lawal arraigned, remanded in EFCC custody Babachir Lawal arraigned, remanded in EFCC custody
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered that former Secretary-General to the Federation, Babachir Lawal, be remanded in EFCC custody. Lawal is... Babachir Lawal arraigned, remanded in EFCC custody

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered that former Secretary-General to the Federation, Babachir Lawal, be remanded in EFCC custody.

Lawal is to be kept in EFCC custody, pending the ruling of the court on his bail application.

Lawal was arraigned on a 10 count charge of fraudulent diversion of funds meant for the clearing of evasive plants on the North East.

EFCC filed charges against him, Hamidu David, Suleiman Abubakar and two companies Rholavision engineering Ltd and Josmon Technologies Ltd.

Babachir Lawal and his accomplices all pleaded not guilty to all the charges when read to them.

Lawyers to the former SGF argued his application for bail before Justice Okeke of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The court however fixed the ruling on his bail application for February 13.

During the court session, the counsel to the first defendant, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Akin Olujimi, had filed an application that his client be granted bail.

But the prosecution counsel, Muhammed Abubakar, argued that the court should not grant the bail application.

Today’s Echo gathers that the former SGF  was picked up by operatives of the EFCC on Monday and a charge of conspiracy and fraud levelled against him by the anti-graft agency.

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

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

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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