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N1.351b Fraud: Court Remands Lamido, Sons In Kano Prison

Posted: Jul 9, 2015 at 10:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


A FEDERAL High Court sitting in Kano, on Thursday July 9, 2015 ordered a former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, and his two sons, Aminu and Mustapha, accused of fraud, remanded in prison custody.

The presiding judge ruled that they will remain there till September 28.

The former governor was arraigned on Thursday alongside his children for receiving N1.35 billion kickbacks from a government contractor.

The money was allegedly paid into accounts controlled by the governor and his sons.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) accused the four suspects of money laundering, among other charges.

They were due for arraignment on Wednesday, but the court appearance was rescheduled to Thursday.

Security was stepped up around the court vicinity in Kano ahead of the Thursday’s hearing.

Delivering a ruling, Justice Evelyn Anyadike ordered that the four accused persons be remanded in custody in Kano Prison as the EFCC said they lacked enough facilities to accommodate them.

She rejected the pleas of defence counsel, Effiong Effiong (SAN), that the accused be kept at EFCC custody, saying the commission had complained of inadequate facilities.

Twenty eight-count charge bordered on a number of alleged breach of trust by Sule Lamido, Aminu Sule Lamido, Mustapha Sule Lamido and one Aminu Wada Abubakar, was read in court.

They pleaded not guilty after the charges were read to them.

The case involved N1.351 billion.

The judge ruled that the accused persons be remanded pending the hearing of their bail applications.

Earlier, the defence counsel, Effiong, had argued that remanding the accused persons in prison would amount to trampling on their fundamental human rights, pleading that they should be sent to either of EFCC facilities in Abuja or Kano.

However, the EFCC’s counsel, Chile Okoroma, objected to the plea, saying EFCC facilities were full to capacity both in Kano and Abuja.

The case was adjourned to September 28 for ruling on bail applications.

There was pandemonium in court between Lamido’s supporters and those against him, leading the police to fire teargas canisters into the air to disperse the crowd.

Lamido, his sons and Abubakar are being accused of using their positions to siphon Jigawa State funds.

It would be recalled that in 2014 a construction firm, Dantata and Sawoe, allegedly paid N1.3 billion as 10 per cent kickback for contracts it won, into accounts owned by the governor and his sons.

Also, between 2007, when Lamido assumed office, and 2014, Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company was awarded contracts amounting to N13.5 billion.

The state government allegedly made payments for the contracts to the construction firm through five banks – Zenith, Access, Diamond, Sterling and UBA.

Within the same period, according to a probe of the transactions by the EFCC, Dantata and Sawoe paid out over N1.3 billion into the accounts of companies in which the governor and his sons allegedly had interest.