By Vivian Okejeme Abuja
The Federal Government, yesterday, slammed a 10-count charge against former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, before the federal high court Abuja.
Also , the Federal Government, through the Economic and Financial Crime Commission EFCC, sued a Former Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayodele Oke, his wife, Folashade, and three others, before a federal high court Lagos.
Other defendants in the suit are Lawal were Hamidu David Lawal;
Sulaiman Abubakar; Apeh Monday; Rholavision Engineering Limited, a company owned by him, and Josmon Technologies Limited.
The prosecution agency files a 10- count charge on Babachir and defendants over alleged diversion of funds. While Ayodele Oke, his wife, Folashade, and three others are charged in relation to the huge funds discovered in a private building in Ikoyi, Lagos, in 2018.
The suit number CR/158/19, was filed by the federal government, through its counsel, Uffem Uket, was dated 30th January, 2019.
Some of the charges reads: ‘’That you Engineer Babachir David Lawal while being the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and a director of Rhoiavision Engineering Ltd, Hamidu David Lawai being a Director of Rhoiavision Engineering Ltd, Sulaiman Abubakar being a staff of Rholavision Engmeering Ltd and Rhoiavision Engineering Ltd on or about the 7th of March, 2016 at Abuja in the Abuja Judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, did knowingly hold indirectly a private interest in the consuitancy contract awarded to Rholavision Engineering Ltd for the removal of invasive plant species and simplified irrigation to the tune of N7, 009,515.96 (Seven Million, Nine Thousand, Five Hundred and Fifteen Naira and Ninety Six Kobo only) by the Ofiice of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (DSGF) through the Presidential initiative for North East (PINE) and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 12 of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act, 2000. ‘
Also that he did knowingly hold indirectly a private interest in the consultancy contract awarded to Rhoiavision Engineering Ltd for the removal of invasive plant species and simplified irrigation to the tune of N6, 453,318.38 (Six Million, Four Hundred and Fifty Three Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighteen Naira and Ninety Six Kobo only) by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) through the Presidential initiative for North East (PINE) and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 12 of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act, 2000.
Meanwhile, part the charges against Oke and his wife read as follows:
“ That you Ambassador Ayodele Oke,Mrs. Folashadd Ayodele Oke on or about that 12 day of April 2017.in Lagos within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court indirectly conceal the sum of $43,449,947.00 being properties of the Federal government of Nigeria in flat 7B no 16. Osborne road, Osbornic Tower Ikoyi Lagos which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful activity to wit criminal breach of trust and hereby committed an offence contrary to section 16(2)(a) of the money laundering (prohibition) (Amendement) 2012 punishable under section 15(3)of the same Act.
According to EFCC, Oke & his wife will be arraigned before Justice Aneke of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday, February 1, 2019.
While Babachir Lawal will be arraigned before Abuja High Court next week.
An NGO, Human and Environmental Development Agenda Resource Centre (HEDA), three days ago called for the swiftness applied in the speedy prosecution of CJN Onnoghen to be utilised in effecting the prosecution of several pending corruption-related cases HEDA noted that as part of its mandate of promoting accountability in governance, it is demanding for the immediate prosecution Babachir Lawal and Ayodele Oke over alleged corruption scandals The NGO warned that it will seek legal means to compel the prosecution of Babachir and Oke if the federal government fails to act HEDA threatened to sue the federal government in 30 days time if it fails to prosecute Babachir Lawal and Ayodele Oke over alleged corruption scandals.
In a letter sent by the NGO to the office of the attorney general of which was disclosed on Sunday, January 27, in Lagos commended the government for the prompt prosecution of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, for non-declaration of assets before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
However, Babachir Lawal has since his exit been a major campaigner for President Buhari’s re-election in his home Adamawa State.
Lawal was suspended as Secretary to Government of Federation (SGF) by President Buhari on 19 April 2017, and was officially relieved of all duties on 30 October 2017 for misappropriating funds intended for alleviating the food crisis in Nigeria’s Northeast, caused largely by Boko Haram Babachir David Lawal (born 2 October 1964) was appointed on August 27, 2015 by President Buhari.