As reported, according to Rholavision’s bank statements obtained by The Cable, the sum of N200m was paid into the company’s account by Josmon Technologies Ltd, the company awarded the contract to clear “invasive plant species” in Yobe state.
However, Babachir Lawal the Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF) is under fire over the suspicious payments made to his company, Rholavision Engineering Ltd, received from a contract he awarded.
Josmon Technologies got the contract to clear grass for N248, 939, 231, from the Presidential Initiative on Northeast (PINE), which was under Lawal.
The contractor made cash deposits of N10m into Lawal’s company’s account 20 times from March 29, according to the obtained documents.
Investigators believe the suspicious payments were bribes.
According to a Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) document obtained by The Cable, Lawal was a director of Rholavision until September 16, 2016, when he wrote to the commission informing it of his intention to relinquish 1, 500, 000 ordinary shares.
Meanwhile, in his reaction to a call for his resignation by the Senate on Wednesday, December 14, the SGF distanced himself from his company, claiming he resigned from the company on August 15, 2015.
The senate had demanded Lawal’s resignation over alleged corruption in the management of funds for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the northeast.
In October, PINE and the Safe Schools Initiative (SSI) were collapsed into the Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative (PCNI), and it was placed under the supervision of Theophilus Danjuma, a retired general.
PINE, under Lawal, allegedly misappropriated N2.5billion allocated to it for the alleviation of the suffering of IDPs.