As Millions Misapplied: LACC Seeks Arrest Of Tony Lawal; ‘Ex-Nigerian ECOMOG Soldier’, Invites Public Works Minister

Tony Lawal who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pealat Construction Company

The Liberia Anti-corruption Commission (LACC) is said to be seeking the arrest of an ex-Nigerian ECOMOG soldier, Tony Lawal who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pealat Construction Company for his alleged refusal to answer to question relating to the misapplication of millions of United States Dollars intended for the implementation of several road projects in Lofa and Gbarpolu.

According to a GNN Liberia investigation, Mr. Lawal has reportedly fled to Nigeria after he learned that he was to be  invited by the LACC to explain in detail on how the amount of US$5 million which was awarded to his Company, and later increased to the amount of US$18 million for the Belleh Yallah road construction has failed to be executed.

FLASH BACK: Tony Lawal receiving certificate from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

GNN investigation also discovered that Mr. Lawal was awarded a contract by the Ministry of Public Works few years ago, through the elder sister of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Mrs. Jennie Barnard, who report said served as business partner to Lawal and his company.

As the LACC intensifies its investigation to on the matter, especially  on the misapplication millions of United States Dollars of taxpayers’ money by Lawal and his Company without tangible reasons,the commission has reportedly instituted a measures to further probe the matter by requesting as to how the Liberian people taxes were been utilized.

It has also been leaned that the Minister of Public Works, W. Gyude Moore was today invited by the LACC  for further clarification as to what went wrong regarding the failure of Lawal’s to complete the Belleh Yallah road and to also answer to questions as to how contracts were awarded to his construction company, and why his company did not complete the contract after receiving millions of United States Dollars for said project, specifically the Belleh Yalla road.

However, sources closed to the GNN has disclosed that the man in question, Tony Lawal has fled Liberia to his home country, Nigeria aimed at avoiding arrest by the LACC.

Detail of this report will be published in our subsequent posting.

Our investigation continue

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.