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Apple missed the mark on its closely-watched iPhone sales.” The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has frozen the bank accounts of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal Recall that the ex-SGF was on Wednesday detained by EFCC An EFCC source who spoke to Punch said both the personal account of Lawal and the account of Rholavision Engineering Limited a company incorporated by the former SGF in 1990 have been frozen by the EFCC The source said: “As part of investigations into the former SGF we have frozen the accounts of his companies which he allegedly awarded a N223m consultancy contract for the removal of invasive plant species in Komadugu Yobe Water Channels “We are also tracing several accounts where monies were paid into and will find out their role in the alleged fraud No stone will be left unturned “The SGF is still in our custody but he is giving us full cooperation “The Lawal’s firm was established by Lawal in 1990 for the purpose 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