The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has stated that it will appeal a court verdict that discharged and acquitted Babachir Lawal, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), and others of contract fraud charges totaling N544 million.
On Friday evening, the Commission announced this via its Twitter account. It stated that it will acquire a copy of the judgment for urgent review and will dispute its legality in court of appeal.
Recall that on Friday, Justice Charles Agbaza discharged and acquitted the ex-SGF and others of the 10-count criminal charges proffered against them by the anti-graft agency.
Ruling on the no-case submission by the ex-SGF, the court held that no ingredients of any offence were made out by the 11 witnesses the EFCC presented.
The court held that the EFCC had failed to establish a prima facie case against the defendants consequently, they were discharged and acquitted.
Meanwhile, reacting to the ruling the EFCC said:
- “The EFCC is to appeal the ruling of Justice Charles Agbaza of the Federal Capital. Territory High Court Abuja, which today dismissed the 10-count charge of corruption brought against a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal.
- “But dissatisfied with the ruling, the EFCC has given indication that it will obtain a copy of the judgment for urgent review and challenge its validity at the appellate court.”
The Ex-SGF was arraigned alongside his younger brother, Hamidu David Lawal, Suleiman Abubakar, and Apeh John Monday, and two companies, Rholavision Engineering Ltd and Josmon Technologies Ltd.