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Corruption in Nigeria: ex cabinet Minister faces trial

Nigeria’s anti graft agency the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned former Minister of Works  Dr. Hassan Muhammad Lawal and 15 others on a 25-count charge of fraud and money laundering.

Lawal was initially the former Minister of Labour and Productivity from 2004 to December 17, 2008 and was appointed Minister of Works and Housing on December 17, 2008 after a cabinet reshuffle by the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. He left office in March 2010, when then Acting President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan dissolved the federal cabinet.

The identity of those being arraigned alongside the former Minister in Charge number FHC/ ABJ/ CR/ 38/2011 are Dr. Adeogba Godwin Ademola, Digital Toll Company Ltd, Okala Phillip Yakubu, Thahal Paul, Swede Control Interlink Ltd, Proman Vital Ventures Ltd, PEB 04 Nigeria Ltd, Lassa Ltd, Odomac Nig Ltd, Nuirda Ltd, Hillel Gilboa, Siraj Nig Ltd, Geographical Information System, Wise health Services Ltd and Dave Enejoh.

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