Presidential panel quizzes suspended SGF Lawal again

by Azeez Adeniyi

The panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe alleged contract fraud against suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, grilled him again for several hours last night.

The panel led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had probed Lawal last Tuesday.

Lawal is being investigated for allegedly influencing the award of contracts to firms linked to him under the Presidential Initiative on the North-East (PINE) supervised by his office.


Daily Trust reports that Lawal was grilled on revelations made by the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Procurement, Mamman Ahmadu.

The bureau is responsible for vetting government contracts above N50 million.

The Senate had found Lawal culpable of the accusations and had called for his sack.

President Muhammadu Buhari had penultimate Wednesday, suspended Babachir and ordered the investigation into the allegations against him.

The investigation panel is expected to submit its report next Wednesday.

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