Grass Cutting Scandal: Babachir’s Trial Resumes June 10


 

By Dele Oyewale

The Federal High Court presided over by Justice Jude Okeke will continue the trial of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, 

 

Babachir Lawal, on June 10. 

 

Lawal is facing trial for alleged grass cutting scandal worth over N1. 1 billion.

 

 Justice Okeke, sitting at the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, Maitama adjourned the matter till June 10, 2020 for continuation of trial when the matter could not continue on May 14, 2020 due to the 

 

 

absence of the prosecution witness who could not travel to Abuja due to the ban on inter-state travels as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

 "We have a challenge, securing the attendance of the witness who is outside the court’s jurisdiction," prosecution counsel, Offem Uket told the court, adding that he only got a two day’s notice on today’s case.

 

Uket, then, apologised to the court for stalling proceedings and asked for an adjournment to enable him provide the witness in court.

 

Defence counsel, Chief Akin Olujimi SAN did not object to the application for adjournment and 

 

Justice Okeke granted the application and adjourned the matter till June 10 and 15, 2020 for further hearing on the matter.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC is prosecuting Lawal along with his younger brother, Hamidu David Lawal, Suleiman Abubakar, John Apeh Monday and two companies, Rholavision Engineering Ltd and Josmon Technologies Ltd on a 10-count amended charge, bordering on fraud, diversion of funds and criminal conspiracy to the tune of N1.1 billion.