Finally! EFCC drags Babachir Lawal to Court

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Finally, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday, dragged former Secretary to the Federal Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, before the Federal Capital Territory High Court on 10 count criminal charge bordering on corruption.

Also on Wednesday, the EFCC filed a four count charge against the former Director General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ayodele Oke and his wife,

Folashade Ayodele Oke, over the $204 million stalked away at flat 7B No 16 Osborne road, Osbornic tower Ikoyi Lagos.

Oke and his wife are to be arraigned before the Federal High Court Lagos while Babachir Lawal and his co-accused will be arraigned next week.

This is coming about three years after Lawal was sacked by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government for alleged mismanagement of funds meant

for Presidential Initiative for North East (PINE). Charged alongside his company, Rholavision Engineering Limited, Hamidu David Lawal, Suleiman Abubakar, also a

staff of Rholavision, they are accused of converting the total of N544, 120,225.36 million meant for PINE into their private use. According to the charge, the

defendants on or about 7 March 2016 in Abuja conspired amongst themselves in a private interest in the consultancy contract awarded to Rholavision Engineering

Limited for the removal of Invasive plant species and simplified irrigation to remove the sum from the treasury.

Part of the charges read:

” That you, Engineer Babachir David Lawal while been the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).and a Director of Rholavision Engineering Limited

on or about the 22, August 2016 at Abuja on the Abuja Judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory did knowingly hold indirectly a private interest

in the contract awarded to Josmon Technology Limited but executed by Rholavision Engineering Limited for the removal of Invasive plant species and

simplified irrigation to the tune N258,132,735.00 by the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation through the Presidential

Initiative for North East (PINE) and thereby committed an offence under section 12 of the corrupt practices and other related Offences Act 2000.

“ That you, Engineer Babachir David Lawal being a Director of Rholavision Engineering Limited, Suleiman Abubakar, being a staff

of Rholavision Engineering Limited, Apeh Monday John, being the Managing Director of Josmon Technologies Limited and Rholavision Engineering Limited on or

about 4 March 2016 at Abuja in the Abuja Judiciary Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory did abet beholding indirectly of a private interest by Engineer Babachir David Lawal in the award of

contract to Josmon Technology Limited for the removal of Invasive plant species and simplified irrigation by the office of the Secretary to the Government of the

federation through the Presidential Initiative for North East (PINE) to the tune of N272,524,356.02 million which Rholavision Engineering Limited executed

and hereby 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 Act. Meanwhile,

Part the charges against Oke and his wife read as follows:

“That you, Ambassador Ayodele Oke, Mrs. Folashadd Ayodele Oke on or about that 12 day of April 2017 in Lagos within the

Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court indirectly concealed the sum of $43,449,947.00 being properties of the Federal Government of Nigeria in flat 7B no

16. Osborne road, Osbornic Tower Ikoyi Lagos which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an

unlawful activity to wit criminal breach of trust and hereby committed an offence contrary to section 16(2)(a) of the money laundering (prohibition) (Amendment) 2012 punishable under section 15(3)of the same Act.

“That you, Ambassador Ayodele Oke, between the 25 day of August 2015 and 2nd day of September 2015 in Lagos within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court

directly retained the sum of $160,777,136.85 dollars, property of the Federal Government of Nigeria which sum you reasonably ought to have known

formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act to wit’ criminal breach is hereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2)(d) of

the money laundering (prohibition) (Amendment) Actually 2012 and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act”.

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