More trouble awaits the embattled Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Engr. Babachir Lawal, as the Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East has vowed to go ahead with its main report to the Senate next week after the SGF failed to show up on Thursday to defend himself of complicity in award of contracts for internally displaced persons (IDP) camps.
Chairman of the committee, Senator Shehu Sani, said since the interim report of the committee which indicted Lawal raised issues of not giving him fair hearing and the number of committee members who signed the report, they decided to give him another chance by sending two invitation letters, one to his office and the other to his house.
Unfortunately, the suspended SGF failed to avail himself of the opportunity to state his own side of story even when the committee which commenced sitting at 10:00am Thursday waited for him for two hours before resolving to go ahead with its final report to the Senate next week.
From all indications, the final report to the Senate will not be favourable to Lawal as Senator Ben Maurice Bruce said his failure to show up amounted to Lawal stabbing himself.
It would be recalled that Lawal was grilled by the Vice President Osibanjo-led investigative panel on Wednesday and the Osibanjo panel has received all details of the SGF’s sins from the Shehu Sani committee