Lai Mohammed To Appear In Court Over N2.5 Billion Illegal Approval

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Prior to the allegation against the former minister of information Mr. Lai Mohammed over the misappropriation of 2.5 billion, Mr. Lai Mohammed has been scheduled to appear before a Federal High Court, Abuja, on the 2nd of October, 2019 to explain why he approved the release of the said N2.5 billion Federal Government Digital Switch-Over (DSO) seed grant to a private company, Pinnacle Communication Limited.

Mohammed’s appearance in court on the scheduled date is pursuant to a motion filed by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), before Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo-Giwa, in which the Commission prayed the court to allow him to be called as a witness.

With this ruling, the former Minister is expected to tell the court why a recommendation for the approval of the seed grant from the Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, who is facing charges of abuse of office and money laundering from ICPC, was approved against the government White Paper guiding the process. However, Mr. Mohammed is said to currently be out of the country but it is expected back before the slated date for the hearing of the case.

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