The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arraigned Babachir Lawal, a former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), accused of N544 million fraud.
He appeared before a new judge, Charles Agbaza at an Abuja high court on Monday, alongside his brother Hamidu Lawal, and five others.
The former judge handling the case died.
Lawal, who was SGF from 2015 to 2017, was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari after a senate ad-hoc committee indicted him of fraud in a contract awarded for the clearing of grads in Yobe state, through the Presidential Initiative on Northeast (PINE), which was under Lawal.
PINE could not account for N2.5 billion.
The committee said Lawal spent N500million to cut grass.
During the re-arraignment, the judge allowed their bail to continue and fixed January 20 for the commencement of trial.