Court remands ex-SGF Babachir Lawal over alleged money laundering

A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama on Tuesday, February 11, 2019, ordered that a former secretary to the government of the federation, Babachir Lawal be remanded in custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC arraigned Lawal alongside five others, Hamidu David Lawal, Sulaiman Abubakar, Apeh John Monday, Rholavision Engineering Limited and Josmon Technologies Limited on a 10-count charge of alleged money laundering.

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Lawal’s arraignment is coming one year and four months after 1he was sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari following a report of investigations by a panel headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, into allegations of fraud levelled against him.

At the court session, the counsel to Mr Lawal, Akin Olujimi (SAN), filed an application praying the court to grant bail to the defendant. However, the prosecution counsel, Muhammed Abubakar, urged the court to dismiss the bail application. Justice Jude Okeke adjourned the matter to Wednesday to rule on the bail application.


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