Former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), one day after former President Olusegun Obasanjo had written a public letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, calling his anti-corruption strategies to question.
The anti-graft agency disclosed the arrest yesterday in a release issued by EFCC Acting Head of Media and Publicity, Samin Amaddin.
Though the release was silent on the reason for the arrest, it was reliably gathered that Lawal’s arrest may not be unconnected with his recent indictment by a presidential panel that probed mismanagement of funds approved for Boko Haram victims in parts of northeast Nigeria, in which over N223 million was said to be missing.
It will be recalled that Senate had earlier indicted Lawal before he was sacked.
However, the arrest is being interpreted in some quatres as a mere diversionary ploy to whittle the veracity of Obasanjo’s claims.
The stark critic of Buhari’s administration on his twitter page wrote “The EFCC has detained Babachir Lawal, immediate past Secretary to the Government of the Federation. This is so knee jerk predictable!
“I predicted yesterday that going by their antecedents, the Buhari administration will take a dramatic decision to try to distract from Obasanjo’s letter.”