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Grass-cutting probe: SGF makes U-turn, begs Senate to reschedule appearance

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal, has made a U-turn on his legal action against the Senate on its probe into the alleged management of funds meant for the rehabilitation of the North-East.

Recall reported that Babachir, said he would not honour Senate’s invitation on Thursday over the handling of funds for North-East rehabilitation.

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According to the report, the SGF said  he has headed to the court to challenge the propriety of the invitation and his being investigated on the issue.

An ad hoc Committee on Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East investigating allegations of misappropriation of funds for rehabilitation of the region had invited the SGF to a public hearing on the issue.

Lawal urged the Senate to reschedule his appearance before its Ad Hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East which is carrying out the investigation.

But in a letter dated March 22, 2017, the SGF said he would not be able to appear before the panel “primarily because of a pressing engagement of government which clashed with the date and time of the hearing.”