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Grass Cutting Scam: EFCC To Appeal Dismissal Of Case Against Babachir Lawal, Others

EFCC To Challenge Dismissal Of Case Against Babachir Lawal, Others

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, said it will appeal the ruling of Justice Charles Agbaza of the Federal Capital Territory High Court Abuja, which dismissed the 10-count charge of corruption brought against a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.

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EFCC To Challenge Dismissal Of Case Against Babachir Lawal, Others

Lawal,  his younger brother, Hamidu David Lawal, Suleiman Abubakar, and Apeh John Monday are being prosecuted by the EFCC, alongside two companies, Rholavision Engineering (fifth defendant) and Josmon Technologies (sixth defendant) on an amended 10-count charge, bordering on fraud, diversion of funds and criminal conspiracy to the tune of over N544million.

Ruling on the no-case submission made by the defendants Friday, Justice Agbaza held that the commission which presented 11 witnesses in the course of the trial, failed to establish the ingredients of the alleged offence. 

He held that the commission did not establish that Babachir Lawal was either a member of the Presidential Initiative for North East (PINE) that awarded the contract or a member of the Ministerial Tenders Board that vetted and gave approval to the disputed contract.

But dissatisfied with the ruling, the EFCC in a statement issued by its Spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren has indicated that it will obtain a copy of the judgment for an urgent review and challenge its validity at the appellate court.

Meanwhile, Kanyi Daily reported that the EFCC had a few days ago, arraigned a Yobe State Auditor General for LG over N19m fraud.

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