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Ex-Sokoto government officials arraigned in court

18 March 2015, 21:36

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 Limited's account.

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


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