Senate committee submits final report indicting Babachir Lawal

by Azeez Adeniyi

The Senate ad hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East on Wednesday submitted its final report which indicted suspended Secretary to Government of the Federation, SGF, David Babachir Lawal.

The report was submitted by the committee chairman, Senator Shehu Sani.

The committee said the banks’ transactions of Rholavision Engineering Limited and the confirmation of Central Bank of Nigeria indicated that Babachir Lawal was still the signatory to Rholavision Engineering Limited accounts.

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It added that 13 other accounts with different names were discovered.

The committee also linked fresh suspicious payment to the tune of N500 million.

They recommended  further investigation by relevant agencies of government on why contract benefitting companies paid over N500 million into Rholavision Engineering Limited.

The recommendations read in part: “That since it was observed that there was no bill of quantities on the contracts awarded by PINE under emergency situation, the Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP, should undertake a revaluation of all such contracts to recover any proceeds from over-inflated contracts.

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“That the relevant agencies should ensure that contracts partially executed but fully paid for must be completed by the concerned contractors, or asked to refund the equivalent money of outstanding jobs to government treasury.

“That all resources that have been misapplied or stolen by public officials should be retrieved and anybody found culpable of contravening any of the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007 and the Federal Government Financial Rules and Regulations pertaining to the award of these contracts, should be duly prosecuted by the relevant authorities

“That the committee also recommends further investigation by relevant agencies of government on why contract benefitting companies paid over N500 million into Rholavision Engineering Limited, a company Engr. Babachir David Lawal has interest.”

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