Lamido and Sons Trial For Corruption And Money Laundering Begins Oct 21
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned a former
governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, his two sons – Aminu Sule Lamido
and Mustapha Sule Lamido, Aminu Wada Abubakar and Batholomew Darlington
Agoha, before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on
a 27-count amended charge bordering on corruption and money laundering.
The other companies arraigned along with them were companies through which
they allegedly perpetrated the fraud.
The companies are Bamaina Holdings Limited, Bamaina Company Nigeria
Limited, Bamaina Aluminium Limited and Speeds International Limited.
Lamido and his co-accused had been arraigned before Justice Evelyn
Anyadike of the Federal High Court, Kano State, on July 9 2015 for
allegedly misappropriating funds belonging to Jigawa State.
Their case was later transferred to the Federal High Court, Abuja, where
Justice Gabriel Kolawole, a vacation judge, granted the accused persons
bail, and adjourned the matter to September 22, 2015.
At the resumed hearing today, presided over by Justice Ademola, counsel to
the EFCC, Chile Okoroma, presented the court with the amended charge,
dated September 15, 2015, which added Agoha, manager of Speeds
International Limited, as one of the accused persons.
The hearing which commenced at about 9.11am was, however, adjourned
briefly to allow the registry to assign a new charge number to the amended
charge sheet, since the case was originally heard in Kano.
On resumption, the charges were read to the accused persons.
One of the charges read: “That you Alhaji Sule Lamido (while being
Governor of Jigawa State, Nigeria), Aminu Sule Lamido, Mustapha Sule
Lamido, Bamaina Holdings Limited, Bamaina Company Nigeria Limited, and
Speeds International Limited between 15th October and 18th December, 2008
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did convert an aggregate
sum of N124,649,915 paid by Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company Nigeria
Limited into the account of Speeds International Limited.”
Another charge read: “That you Alhaji Sule Lamido (while being the
governor of Jigawa State, Nigeria), Aminu Sule Lamido, Mustapha Sule
Lamido, Bamaina Holdings Limited, Bamaina Company Nigeria Limited and
Speeds International Limited between 8th January and 10th December, 2013
within the jurisdiction of this Honbourable Court took possession of an
aggregate sum of N101,580,300 paid by Dantata and Sawoe Construction
Company Nigeria Limited into the account of Bamaina Holdings Limited.”
They all pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola, thereafter, adjourned till October 21 and 22 for
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