EFCC presents first witness against Babachir Lawal, four others

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday called its first witness in the prosecution of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and three others for alleged corruption.

The five accused persons are standing trial before Justice Jude Okeke of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Maitama.

Mr Lawal alongside his younger brother, Hamidu David Lawal; Suleiman Abubakar, Apeh John Monday and two companies, Rholavision Engineering Ltd and Josmon Technologies Ltd; were arraigned on March 18 on an amended 10-count charge bordering on fraud, diversion of funds and criminal conspiracy to the tune of over N500 million.

They were earlier arraigned before Mr Okeke on February 13 and the prosecution was meant to open its case on March 18.

During the court session on Thursday, the prosecution counsel, Ufem Uket, informed the court that “today is for hearing”.

Mr Uket proceeded to call his first witness, Hamza Adamu, who was a deputy director, Finance and Account, with the Presidential Initiative for North East (PINE) in 2017.

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