Just In: Former SGF, Babachir Lawal, Granted Bail

A day after he was remanded in the EFCC custody, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, bail.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arraigned Mr. Lawal before a Federal High court in Abuja over fraud and money laundering charges.

The former SGF had allegedly used a company said to be owned by him to remove what he had described as ‘invasive grass” at the cost of over N272 million.

Lawal had pleaded not guilty to the 10 count charges the EFCC proffered against him, bordering on alleged conspiracy and fraudulent acquisition of property.

And on Wednesday, Lawal and two others were granted bails in the sums of N50m each with one surety each who must possess titles to lands within the jurisdiction of the court, show evidence of payment of tax for the past three years and must be residents within the jurisdiction of the court.

The court also held that the former SFG and the two others must deposit their international passport with the court pending the fulfillment of their bail conditions.

The court adjourned the case till March 18, 2019 after adding that Both Mr. Lawal and the two others must remain in EFCC’s custody until they fulfil their bail conditions.


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