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BREAKING: Court acquits Babachir Lawal of N544m ‘grass cutting’ fraud

A high court in the federal capital territory (FCT), has discharged and acquitted Babachir Lawal, former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), over allegations of money laundering.

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Lawal was standing criminal prosecution alongside Hamidu David Lawal, his younger brother; Sulaiman Abubakar; Apeh John Monday and two companies, Rholavision Engineering Ltd, and Josmon Technologies Ltd.

They were re-arraigned on a 10-count charge bordering on diversion of funds, criminal conspiracy, and official corruption to the tune of N544 million.

In a judgment delivered on Friday, the court held that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) failed woefully to establish prima facie case against the defendants.

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