Sacked Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal has bared his mind on the financial fraud allegation against him…
“I like it (the probe). In fact, I had always wanted the EFCC to be involved because the EFCC has the capacity both in terms of equipment and personnel to get to the truth.”
“If president Buhari were to be my brother, does it mean we cease to be brothers because I am being investigated by the EFCC? A relationship breaks because of a false accusation against an innocent man.”
For those who don’t know, in October 2017, Lawal was relieved of his position amid allegations of corruption.
A senate ad-hoc committee had in December 2016 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).
The ad-hoc committee revealed that Lawal allegedly spent N570m on the project. PINE, which was headed by Lawal, was at the time unable to account for N2.5 billion allocated to alleviate the plight of IDPs.