Former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir Lawal and Director General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayodele Oke have been charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Wednesday filed charges against them.
While Lawal and two others are slammed with a 10-count charge for fraud and fraudulent acquisition of properties, Oke and wife are facing a four-count charge of concealing the sum of $43m at Osborne Towers in Lagos.
Also listed in the charge alongside Lawal are, Rholavision Engineering Ltd and Josmon Technologies Ltd, the companies allegedly used to perpetrate the contract frauds.
The charges were filed at a high court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Others listed as defendants in the charge are Director of Rholavision Engineering Ltd Hamidu, David Lawal, another staff of the company, Sulaiman Abubakar and Managing Director of Josmon Technologies Ltd. Apeh Monday.
While former SGF allegedly awarded different contracts amounting to about N560m to companies where he held personal interest, his co-defendants were charged with holding indirectly of a private Interest by Engineer Babachlr Davld Lawal in the award of contract to the two companies.
“That you Hamidu David Lawal being a Director of Rholavlskm Engineering Ltd, Sulaiman Abubakar belng a staff of Rhotavlsion Engineering Ltd, Apeh Monday John being the Managing Director of Josmon Technologies Ltd and Rholavislon Engineering Ltd on or about the 4′” of March, 2016 at Abuja in the Abuja Judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Terrltory did abet the holding indirectly of a private Interest by Engineer Babachlr Davld Lawal in the award of contract to Josmon Technologies Ltd for the removal of Invasive plant species and simplified irrigation by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) through the Presidential Initiative for North East (PINE) to the tune of N272,524,356.02 (Two Hundred and Seventy Two Million, Five Hundred and Twenty Four Thousand, Three Hundred and Fifty Six Naira and Two Kobo only) which Rholavision Engineering Ltd executed and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 26 (1) (c) of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable under Section 12 of the same Act,” Count 9 of the charge reads.
According to charge dated 30th January, filed on the same day, Lawal conspired to commit an offence to wit: fraudulent acquisition of property, and indirectly holding private interest in award of contracts.
Count 7 of the charge reads : “That you Engineer Babachir David Lawal while being the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and a director of Rholavision Engineering Ltd on or about the 4‘” of March, 2016 at Abuja in the Abuja Judicial Division of the High Court of the Federat Capital Territory did knowingly hold indirectly a private interest in the contract awarded to Josmon Technologies Ltd but executed by Rholavislon Engineering Ltd for the removal of invasive plant species and simplified irrigation to the tune of N272,524,356.02 (Two Hundred and Seventy Two Million, Five Hundred and Twenty Four Thousand, Three Hundred and Fifty Six Naira and Two 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.”
An ad-hoc committee of the Senate on mounting humanitarian crisis in the north-east had in December 2016 indicted Babachlr for 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, chaired Senator Sheu Sani alleged alleged that PINE spent several millions of naira to cut grass.
Rholavision Engineering Ltd was said to have gottensuspicious payments of N200m from the contract.
On the charge against Oke and his wife, Mrs Folashade Oke, filed at Federal high Court in Lagos, count one read: “That you, Ambassador Ayodele Oke, Mrs Folashade Ayode Oke on or about the 22th day of April, 2017 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court concealed the sum of of $43,449,947.00 (Forty three million, four hundred and forty nine thousand, nine hundred and forty seven United States Dollars property of the Federal Government of Nigeria in flat 78, No 16 Osborne road, Osborne Towers, Ikoyi Lagos, which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed of proceeds of unlawful act to wit: criminal breach of trust and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2)(a) of the money laundering act”