Daily Trust (Abuja)

21 May 2012

Nigeria: N17 Billion Fraud - Hassan Lawal, Others Enter Plea Today

Former Works Minister Hassan Lawal and ten others will today enter their plea before an Abuja Federal High Court, on forty-nine amended counts of money laundering proffered against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Lawal faces three counts alone amounting to N134m and eight counts alongside others amounting to N17billion.

He is alleged to have defrauded the government of huge sums of money during his tenure as minister.

Those charged alongside Lawal include Dr Adeogba Godwin Ademola, Digital Toll Company Ltd, Dave Enejoh and Okala Philip Yakubu.

Others are Thahal Paul, Swede Control Intertek Ltd, Proman Vital Ventures Ltd, Eng George Ghanem, Wise Health Services Ltd and Abbey Building Society.

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