Grass-Cutting Fraud: EFCC Witness Vindicates Babachir Lawal
The witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has vindicated the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal in court. Jamb Results
The trial was held at the FCT High Court in Jabi, Abuja before Justice Charles Agbaza.
Recall that the former SGF is answering to a 10-count charge the EFCC entered against him, which he pleaded not guilty to. The Prosecution alleged that the charge is bordering on diversion of funds, criminal conspiracy, and official corruption before Justice Charles Agbaza, on November 30, 2020, following the demise of Justice Jude Okeke, the previous trial judge. Information Guide Nigeria
According to VANGAURD, the fourth prosecution witness, Mr. Julius Sunday Babalola who was presented by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC said the former SGF was not part of the award of the alleged N544 million Grass-cutting fraud adding that he authored all the memos that led to the award of the contracts.
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Babalola said, “To the best of my knowledge, I carried out all my duties pertaining to these contracts under the emergency procurement Act 2007, properly,” he said.
VANGAURD reports that the witness who served in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation as the Head of the Procurement Department told the court that Babachir Lawal did not partake in the activities of the Presidential Initiative for the North East, (Pine) and the Ministerial Tenders Board under the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF).
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