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EFCC closes case against ex-minister

02 October 2012, 16:31

Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday at a Federal High Court, Abuja, closed its submission in a N43.4 million money laundering allegation against ex-minister of Works and Housing, Hassan Lawal.

Mr Shittu Wahab, the counsel to the EFCC, had told the court that the accused used Adesanya Adewale, an ex-staff of a bank to launder the money.

He explained that the action was a contravention of the Money Laundering Act 2004.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the anti-graft body had charged the ex-minister and Adewole for illegally moving monies that were not traceable to any sources.

The counsel said that all the prosecution witnessed had testified that the deposits were made in three transactions of N3 million, N4 million and N8.9 million at different times.

Wahab further submitted that one of the witnesses had shown to the court how the ex-minister conspired with Adewole to effect other transactions of N15 million and N12.5 million.

The counsel had argued that the transactions were made to be concealed from the public.

Mr Ibrahim Ishiaku (SAN), counsel to Lawal, had insisted that the deposits were genuine transactions made by his client as payment for a housing loan procured from the bank.

Lawal is standing trial on allegation of misappropriation of funds meant for the rehabilitation of the Guto-Bagana Bridge across River Benue.

Justice Adamu Bello adjourned the case to Dec. 6 for Lawal to open his defence.



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