Lagos - The trial of the two former Sokoto State
Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs senior officials
accused of abusing public office has been adjourned to Thursday.
Mohammed Bello Abubakar, former permanent secretary and
Abubakar Abdullahi Ahmed, a former deputy director, are facing
43-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and money laundering at the
Federal High Court.
At the resumption of the fresh trial on Wednesday,
prosecution witness, Usman Mohammed Mukhtar, an operative with the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission, told the court that he received a
petition against Abubakar, alleging gross abuse of his position to acquire
wealth, which he subsequently investigated.
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The petition indicated that he was living a lifestyle not
commensurate with his income as a public servant,² he said.
Abubakar is alleged to be the owner of five companies - Rose
Gallery Nigeria Limited, Silver Spring Concept, Gidadawa Global
Ventures, BAG Interiors and Eco Habitat Nigeria Limited, which have
various bank accounts through which suspicious transfers were made.
It is alleged that in May 2008 the pair collaborated in
disguising an illegal sum of N2,500 million into Rose Gallery Nigeria
In September 2009 they allegedly transferred the sum of
N69million from Sokoto State Joint Account into Sitex Multi Service Limited
account with the aim of disguising the illicit origin of the said
sum of N40,875 million.
The court adjourned to Thursday for continuation of trial.
- CAJ News