EFCC Releases Ex-SGF Babachir Lawal On Bail
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal on bail.
Lawal, who has been in EFCC custody since Wednesday, was released on Friday evening.
Lawal was granted administrative bail on the grounds that he cooperated with the operatives during his interrogation.
Recall that the detention of Lawal happened barely 24 hours after former President Olusegun Obasanjo issued a statement against President Muhammadu Buhari, asking him not to seek a re-election in 2019.
The development had promoted speculations in certain quarters that Lawal’s arrest was sequel to Obasanjo’s statement.
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But the EFCC has denied such claim, saying that its action had nothing to do with Obasanjo’s statements.
The commission added that though both incidents were coincidental, its action on Lawal was sequel to the outcome of investigation which it commenced last year.
The sacked SGF’s travails began on December 14, 2016, when the Senate ad-hoc committee on humanitarian crisis in the north-east indicted him of alleged corruption.
The lawmakers had implicated Lawal in a grass-cutting contract awarded to his firm for the clearing of “invasive plant species” in Yobe state, through the Presidential Initiative on Northeast (PINE). The lawmakers also accused Lawal of alleged spending of 570 million Naira to cut grass.
He was later sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari in September, 2017, with Boss Mustapha appointed as the new SGF.
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