EFCC Releases Babachir Lawal On Bail

Engineer Babachir Lawal, the former secretary to the Federal Government, who is being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for corruption, has been released on bail.

EFCC sources confirmed that he has been allowed to go home on administrative bail.

He was invited for interrogation on Wednesday by the EFCC, over alleged N223million contract scams awarded at some IDP camps in Yobe State.

Mr Samin Amaddin, Acting Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, said the former SGF was cooperating with investigators and had made useful statements.

Lawal arrived at the Abuja office of the EFCC at 11:00 am on Wednesday, after which he was detained.

Lawal’s travails began on December 14, 2016, when the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on humanitarian crisis in the North East’ indicted him of fraud.

The former SGF was accused of using his company Rholavision Engineering Ltd to corner a N230 million contract for the clearing of “evasive plant species’’ in Yobe.

The contracts were awarded through the Presidential Initiative on Northeast (PINE).

In total, Lawal’s crime, according to the ad-hoc committee, was that he spent N570 million to cut grass, part of which he awarded to himself.

President Muhammadu Buhari later set up a panel headed by Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, to probe the allegations, along with reports that the former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency kept some $43m in an apartment in Ikoyi Lagos.

The Osinbajo report did not exculpate Babachir.

President Buhari terminated his appointment and appointed Mr Boss Mustapha as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

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Buhari Sacks Babachir Lawal, Appoints Replacement

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammad Buhari has sacked suspended Secretary to the Federal Government, Babachir Lawal. M. Lawal will be replaced by Boss Mustapha who until his appointment was the Director General of the Nigeria inland Waterways.

 

This was disclosed In a press release by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina. The new SGF hails from Adamawa state.

See text of Presidential Press Release below:

 

PRESIDENT BUHARI APPOINTS BOSS MUSTAPHA NEW SGF, TERMINATES APPOINTMENTS OF BABACHIR LAWAL, AYO OKE

President Muhammadu Buhari has studied the report of the panel headed by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, which investigated allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, MrBabachir David Lawal, and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke.

The President accepted the recommendation of the panel to terminate the appointment of Mr Lawal, and has appointed Mr Boss Mustapha as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation. The appointment takes immediate effect.

President Buhari also approved the recommendation to terminate the appointment of Ambassador Oke and has further approved the setting up of a three-member panel too, among other things, look into the operational, technical and administrative structure of the Agency and make appropriate recommendations.

FEMI ADESINA

Special Adviser to the President

(Media and Publicity)

October 30, 2017

 

Just In: Buhari Bows To Pressure, Fires SSG Babachir Lawal, NIA Boss

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally sacked the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke.
The president has also appointed Mr. Boss Mustapha as the new SGF.
Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina announced this on his Twitter handle this afternoon.
Details later…

Osinbajo To Decide The Fate Of Babachir Lawal

According to Senator Shehu Sani, Chairman, Senate Ad hoc Committee on Humanitarian Issues in the North-East, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is to determine the fate of the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.

Sani disclosed this during a breakfast television show on Tuesday.

Also, the president had appointed Osinbajo to head an investigative panel of the report submitted by Sani’s committee.

Sani’s panel, which indicted Lawal for his alleged role in the award of questionable contracts, had last week sent its report to Osinbajo’s panel, which was investigating Lawal.

Osinbajo’s panel was supposed to have submitted its report to President Muhammadu Buhari for further action but since Buhari had traveled out of the country and appointed Osinbajo as the acting President, there had been controversies regarding the next step that should be taken.

 

 

No Soft Landing For SGF, Oke – Probe Panel

The presidential panel probing allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke, again yesterday ruled out soft landing for both.

A source privy to the investigations told our correspondent that the panel would not give anybody soft landing.

“The panel is handling both issues with utmost diligence irrespective of the personalities of those involved,” he said.

That came as the panel’s chairman, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the members-National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno and Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami, resumed sitting yesterday.

They met for over six hours to examine various documents and other information obtained so far.

Babachir is being probed over alleged violation of the law and due process in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North-east. A Senate ad-hoc committee had earlier found him culpable of alleged complicity in a N200m grass-cutting contract to clear “invasive plant species” in Yobe State.

Oke is being investigated over claims made by the NIA to the $43.4m and other currencies stashed away in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.

No government official was seen before the panel as at 7:40pm yesterday when our correspondent left the vice president’s wing of the Presidential Villa where the panel is sitting.

Apart from Babachir and Oke, officials of the  Bureau of Public Procurement, the agency responsible for vetting government contracts above N50m, have also been quizzed by the panel which is expected to round off its 14-day assignment next Wednesday.

The panel is enquiring into the circumstances in which the NIA came about the money, how and by whose or which authority it was made available to the NIA, and to establish whether or not there had been a breach of the law or security procedure in obtaining custody and use of the funds.

President Muhammadu Buhari had last Wednesday ordered the investigations and suspended the NIA Director-General, Ambassador Ayo Oke and Babachir pending the outcome of the investigations.

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, had last Friday specifically furnished the panel with information on the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the money in Ikoyi.

Suspened Babachir Lawal SGF Faces Osinbajo Panel

The suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, yesterday appeared before the presidential panel probing him on the alleged mismanagement of funds at the Presidential Initiative on North East (PINE).

The three-man panel, headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, is investigating allegations of violations of law and due process against the suspended SGF, in the award of contracts under the PINE.

A Senate Committee on Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East had found Lawal culpable in an N200 million grass-cutting contract to clear “invasive plant species” in Yobe State.

Lawal, who faced the investigation panel for the first time yesterday, was interrogated from 1:15 pm to 3.20pm.

The suspended SGF appeared before the panel with a computer laptop and some documents.

Lawal, who was accompanied by a mobile police officer and an aide, left the Presidential Villa at 3:35 pm without speaking to journalists.

President Muhammadu Buhari had last Wednesday suspended Lawal and ordered the investigation.

The panel, comprising the National Security Adviser, General Babagana Monguno (RTD) and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, is expected to submit its report next Wednesday.

Reports had it that jostling for Lawal’s replacement has begun.

 

 

Source: Daily Trust

I am Not Coming- Babachir Tells Senate

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Lawal Babachir, said he would not honour Senate’s invitation on Thursday over the handling of funds for North-East rehabilitation.

This is because he has headed to the court to challenge the propriety of the invitation and his being investigated on the issue.

An ad hoc Committee on Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East investigating allegations of misappropriation of funds for rehabilitation of the region had invited the SGF to a public hearing on the issue.

The invitation was dated March 15 and it asked the SGF to appear on Thursday.

The SGF was formally invited after his indictment by the committee at the first public hearing on the matter, for which the presidency had said that he (SGF) was not given fair hearing.

In the letter to him, the committee had indicated that the essence of the second public hearing was another opportunity of fair hearing for stakeholders who refused to attend the first hearing.

But, in a letter to the Chairman of the ad hoc committee, Sen. Shehu Sani, in Abuja on Wednesday, the SGF said that rather than attend the hearing, he was challenging the invitation at the court.

The letter signed by the SGF read: “Your letter of invitation to appear before the above committee refers.

“I wish to kindly request that you draw the attention of the other members of the committee that I will not be able to appear before the committee primarily because I have gone to court to challenge the invitation among others.

“Please find attached the court documents.”

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, had on Jan. 24, 2017 read a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari stating that the SGF was not given fair hearing at first hearing.

 

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