The committee had summoned Lawal to appear before it on Thursday. The summons followed allegations of corruption levelled against him.
But he wrote to the committee, saying that he would not appear before it because he had gone to court to challenge the invitation.
However, Lawal wrote again to the committee through Shehu Sani, its chairman, asking for a rescheduling of the hearing, citing a “pressing engagement” as the reason for his request.
He wrote in the letter seen by TheCable;
“I wish to kindly request that you draw the attention of the other members of the committee that I will not be able to appear before the committee primarily because of a pressing engagement of government which clashed with the date and time of the hearing,”