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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) wednesday detained the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr. Babachir Lawal over corruption allegations and diversion of funds when he superintended the Presidential Initiative on the North-east (PINE).

Confirming his arrest and detention Wednesday, the EFCC Head of Enlightenment and Reorientation, Mr. Samin Amaddin said: “He was arrested for abuse of office in relation to the diversion of funds meant for humanitarian intervention in the North-east.

“He is still in detention and will be here till tomorrow (today) when we will continue with the interrogation because he has not concluded his statement.”

Lawal’s arrest may also not be unconnected to Tuesday’s 13-page statement by former President Olusegun Obasanjo accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of condoning corruption, particularly with the reinstatement of the former Chairman of the Presidential Pension Task Force, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina.

Another EFCC source said Lawal arrived at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja around 11 a.m., after which he was interrogated.


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