Court Frees Former SGF, Babachir Lawal of N544M Grass-cutting Scandal

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Babachir Lawal, a Former Secretary to the government of the federation, has been cleared of the N544 million in contract fraud charges that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, or EFCC, had brought against him.

On Friday, the Court declared that the anti-graft agency had utterly failed to construct a case against the former SGF.

Justice Charles Agbaza ruled on Babachir Lawal’s no case submission, finding that the EFCC had asserted that none of the 11 witnesses who gave testimony for the EFCC had established any elements of any crime.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC had on Monday, November 30, 2020 re-arraigned the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal before Justice Agbaza.

One of the charges read, “That you, Engineer Babachir David Lawal, while being the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and a director of Rholavision Engineering Ltd on or about the 22nd August 2016 at Abuja, in the Abuja Judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory did knowingly hold indirectly private interest in the contract awarded to Josmon Technological Ltd but executed by Rholavision Engineering Ltd for the removal of invasive plant species and simplified irrigation to the tune of N258,132,735.99 (Two Hundred and Fifty-eight Million, One hundred and Thirty-two Thousand, Seven Hundred and Thirty-five Naira, Ninety-nine kobo) only, by the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) though the Presidential Initiative for North East (PINE) and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 12 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.”