18th November, 2022
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has said it will appeal the ruling of Justice Charles Agbaza of the FCT High Court Abuja which dismissed the 10-count charge of corruption brought against a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and five 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 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 on 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 the EFCC in a statement by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren said it will obtain a copy of the judgment for urgent review and challenge its validity at the appellate court.