EFCC reportedly freezes Ex-SGF Babachir Lawal’s Accounts
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has frozen the bank accounts for the immediate past Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal, Punch reports.
The EFCC had on Wednesday detained the ex-SGF after he arrived at the commission’s Abuja office.
An EFCC source who spoke to Punch said both the personal account of Lawal’s, and the account of Rholavision Engineering Limited, a company incorporated by the former SGF in 1990, have been frozen by the EFCC. The source said:
As part of investigations into the former SGF, we have frozen the accounts of his companies which he allegedly awarded a N223m consultancy contract for the removal of invasive plant species in Komadugu, Yobe Water Channels.
We are also tracing several accounts where monies were paid into and will find out their role in the alleged fraud. No stone will be left unturned.
The SGF is still in our custody but he is giving us full cooperation.
The source explained that Rholavision Engineering Limited had been awarded a contract to cut grass, despite it being registered as an ICT company. The source said:
The Lawal’s firm was established by Lawal in 1990 for the purpose of ICT and not for agro-business. So, his associates will also explain why they got a contract to cut grass. They will also be asked to provide evidence of tax payment and all other necessary documents.
Lawal claimed he was no longer heading the company when he awarded the contract to Rholavision but the Bank Verification Number of Babachir David Lawal was still the signatory to Rholavision Engineering Limited accounts and 13 other accounts, some with different names were being controlled by the SGF when he awarded the contracts.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in October sacked Lawal after a panel led by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo investigated the former SGF over alleged irregularities in Presidential Initiative on North-East (PINE) activities.