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Bigger trouble for Babachir Lawal as EFCC freezes bank accounts, to go after associates

Bigger trouble for Babachir Lawal as EFCC freezes bank accounts, to go after associates

EFCC freezes arrested Babachir Lawal’s accounts, reportedly goes after associates

- Some accounts linked to embattled Babachir Lawal have been frozen by the EFCC as investigations continue into allegations of corruption against him

- The anti-graft agency is reportedly making moves to also go after Lawal's associates

- The EFCC says it would carry out its investigation to the latter

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly frozen some bank accounts allegedly belonging to companies linked to embattled Babachir Lawal, immediate past Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

The Punch reports that a source within the anti-graft agency made the revelation adding that the account of Rholavision Engineering Limited, at Ecobank with number 182001809 which was incorporated by the former SGF in 1990 was frozen by the commission.

Also frozen was Lawal’s private account at Diamond Bank with number 0003004417.

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“As part of investigations into the former SGF, we have frozen the accounts of his companies which he allegedly awarded a N223 million consultancy contract for the removal of invasive plant species in Komadugu, Yobe Water Channels.

“We are also tracing several accounts where monies were paid into and will find out their role in the alleged fraud. No stone will be left unturned.

“The SGF is still in our custody but he is giving us full cooperation,” the source, a detective, said adding that Lawal’s associates would be invited soon and would have to explain the process that led to the award of a series of contracts he allegedly awarded.

“The Lawal’s firm was established by Lawal in 1990 for the purpose of ICT and not for agro-business. So, his associates will also explain why they got a contract to cut grass.

“They will also be asked to provide evidence of tax payment and all other necessary documents.

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“Lawal claimed he was no longer heading the company when he awarded the contract to Rholavision but the Bank Verification Number of Babachir David Lawal was still the signatory to Rholavision Engineering Limited accounts and 13 other accounts, some with different names were being controlled by the SGF when he awarded the contracts,” the source said.

We earlier reported how the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has detained former secretary to the government of the federation, Babachir Lawal.

It was reported that the former secretary to the government of the federation was detained over alleged N223 million fraud.

Lawal reported at the EFCC office in the morning before he was detained by the anti-graft commission.

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