The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a 10-count charge against former Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir Lawal.
The charge by the EFCC came 25 months after he was indicted in the infamous grass cutting scandal.
The anti-graft agency had filed charges at a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Hamidu David Lawal; Sulaiman Abubakar; Apeh Monday; and the following companies Josmon Technologies Limited and Rholavision Engineering Limited owned by Lawal were also hit with charges.
Amongst those slammed with charges were Ayodele Oke, director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and his wife, Folashade on four counts charge, before the federal high court in Lagos over the money discovered in the Ikoyi apartment.
Babachir Lawal would be arraigned in court next week while Oke and his wife would appear before the court this Friday.
The wave of corruption charges came as a result of President Buhari’s directive to the anti-graft agencies to prepare charges against Lawal and Oke as revealed by VP Yemi Osinbajo.
Lawal’s travails began on December 14, 2016, when the senate ad-hoc committee on “mounting humanitarian crisis in the north-east” indicted him of fraud in a contract awarded for the clearing of “invasive plant species” in Yobe state, through the Presidential Initiative on Northeast (PINE).
PINE, which was under Lawal, was at the time unable to account for N2.5 billion allocated to it for the alleviation of the IDPs’ suffering.
Lawal’s crime, according to the ad-hoc committee, included his alleged spending of N570m to cut grass.
Rholavision Engineering Ltd was also said to have got suspicious payments of N200m from the contract.
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