Alleged Fraud: EFCC Arrests Former SGF, Babachair Lawal

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Nigeria’s former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal, has been arrested by the EFCC for alleged fraud.

Mr Samin Amaddin, Acting Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, confirmed that Babachair who was sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari, was being investigated for alleged N223 million fraud.

He says on Wednesday that the former SGF was cooperating with investigators and had made useful statements.

Lawal arrived at the Abuja office of the EFCC at 11:00 am yesterday, after which he was detained.

According to Amaddin, Lawal’s interview with the anti-corruption agency will continue today(Thursday).

Lawal’s travails began on December 14, 2016, when the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on humanitarian crisis in the North East’ indicted him of fraud.

He was implicated in a grass-cutting contract awarded to his company, for the clearing of “invasive plant species” in Yobe State, through the Presidential Initiative on Northeast (PINE).

Lawal’s crime, according to the ad-hoc committee, included his alleged spending of N570 million to cut grass.

Lawal was relieve of his position as SGF by President Buhari after accepting the recommendation of the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo panel , which investigated the allegations.

Mr Boss Mustapha was subsequently appointed to replace Lawal as Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

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