Court acquits Babachir Lawal of N544m ‘grass cutting’ fraud

A high court in the federal capital territory (FCT), has discharged and acquitted Babachir Lawal, former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), over allegations of money laundering.

Mr Lawal was standing criminal prosecution alongside Hamidu David Lawal, his younger brother; Sulaiman Abubakar; Apeh John Monday and two companies, Rholavision Engineering Ltd, and Josmon Technologies Ltd.

They were re-arraigned on a 10-count charge bordering on diversion of funds, criminal conspiracy, and official corruption to the tune of N544 million.

In a judgment delivered on Friday, the court held that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) failed woefully to establish prima facie case against the defendants.