Kano - A Federal High Court in Kano on Thursday ordered the immediate past Governor of Jigawa, Alhaji Sule Lamido, his two sons and one other person to be remanded in prison custody over a 28- count charge of alleged money laundering amounting to over N1.3 billion.
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) arraigned Lamido along with his two sons, Aminu and Mustapha and one Aminu Wada over alleged money laundering.
The four accused persons were charged for money laundering committed under various money laundering prohibition acts which they all pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The EFCC prosecutor, Chile Okoroma had told the court that the former governor had used his position through the award of various contracts to his three companies, Bamaina Holdings, Bamaina Alminium Ltd. and Speeds International Ltd. to commit the offence.
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He said the deal to engage in private business while being a public officer and at the same time Director of the companies which violates the conduct of the public officer as enshrined in the fifth schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended.
However, in his submission, the Counsel to the dependents, Offiong Offiong, while seeking for the bail of his clients, told the court that he applied for the bail since Tuesday, pointing out that the offence was bailable.
However, objecting to the bail application, the EFCC prosecutor said counsel to the accused did not follow proper legal channel to warrant the bail.
In her ruling, the Presiding Judge, Justice Evelyn Anyadike ordered the accused persons to be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case to September 28, for trial and pending the application for bail through the vocation Judge.