Former SGF, Babachir Lawal remanded in EFCC’s custody

Former SGF, Babachir Lawal remanded in EFCC’s custody

The former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal was on Tuesday remanded in custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Babachir’s detention is on the orders of a federal capital territory (FCT) high following his arraignment by the anti-graft agency.

The commission had filed a 10-count charge against him on January 30.

Lawal was alleged to have conspired with some staff of Rolavision, his company, to fraudulently acquire a property, thereby committing 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 same Act.

When the charges were read to him, he pleaded not guilty while his counsel applied for bail.

The court ruled that he should be remanded while his bail application would be heard on Wednesday.

Babachir Lawal was removed as SGF following allegations of corruption in respect of funds earmarked for the rehabilitation of IDP camps uncovered by a Senate committee.

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