The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said there is no connection between the detention of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s verdict on President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Acting Spokesperson of the Commission, Samin Amaddin, said both incidents were coincidental contrary to insinuation in some quarters.
Theadvocate.ng reports that Lawal was detained by the Commission on Wednesday, barely 24 hours after Obasanjo issued a statement accusing the present Administration of shielding its corrupt allies.
The timing of the EFCC’s action on the former SGF sparked speculation by some Nigerians that the government was either trying to divert attention from Obasanjo’s statement or appease the former leader.
Amaddin dismissed the suggestion, saying Lawal was invited by the Commission long before the former President issued his statement.
“When we are doing investigation, we don’t have a fixed time. Those speculating should have realised that several contractors are involved in this matter, and they were all invited, even banks.
“We have been working on this case since May 2017, so it is not a thing that just cropped up.
“We are neither a political party nor politicians. We don’t have any relationship with what they are talking about. We are just doing our work.
“If the detention coincides with the latter, that is a different thing. Why are those talking not linking other people we have been inviting with Obasanjo’s letter?’’
President Muhammadu Buhari had sacked Lawal on October 30, 2017 following his indictment by a Presidential Panel that probed misuse of funds meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East.
The former SGF is accused of using his company, Rholavision Engineering Ltd, to corner a N200 million contract for the clearing of evasive plant species in Yobe.
Amaddin added that Lawal was still in detention as at Friday morning, and that the suspect was assisting the Commission in its investigation.