Ex-SGF, Babachir Lawal detained by EFCC

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A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. David Babachir Lawal, was on Wednesday arrested and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Lawal, said to have been at the anti-graft agency’s headquarters in Abuja since 11am, has been undergoing interrogation with TheCable reporting that the interrogation continues on Thursday.

The development comes 24 hours after ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo accused Buhari, in a special press statement, of shielding his corrupt allies. Stating that the president has been condoning corruption where persons close to him are involved, Obasanjo averred that Buhari had failed woefully, and should not to seek re-election.

Lawal was recently sacked after he was indicted by a presidential panel that investigated misuse of funds meant for people displaced by Boko Haram. He had earlier been indicted by the Senate ad-hoc committee probing ‘mounting humanitarian crisis in the North-east’.

This committee indicted the then SGF for over a contract awarded for the clearing of “invasive plant species” in Yobe state, through the Presidential Initiative on North-east, PINE.

PINE, which was under Lawal, was at the time unable to account for N2.5 billion allocated to it for the alleviation of the misery of IDPs. Lawal’s offence, according to the ad-hoc committee, included his alleged spending of N570m to cut grass.

 

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