The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has detained the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, for alleged fraud to the tune of N223m relating to grass cutting contracts.
Mr. Lawal who arrived at the Abuja office of the EFCC around 11am on Wednesday after which he was detained is expected to answer investigators’ questions on the controversial contracts.
Babachir’s arrest comes less than 24 hours after former President Olusegun Obasanjo public statement accusing President Buhari of condoning corruption in his cabinet.
Mr. Lawal who was sacked over two months ago for alleged contract scandal, violation of Procurement Act, abuse of office and mismanagement of funds is to be probed by a team of investigators.
Recall that after Babachir’s alleged contract scandal was leaked to the public, two separate committees headed by Vice-President Yemi Osibanjo and the Senate Ad hoc Committee were set up to investigate the accusations. And both recommended the prosecution of all those involved in the alleged fraud in the Presidential Initiative in the North-East headed by Lawal.