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Court sends ex-Adamawa governor Fintiri to prison

30 June 2016, 16:20

Abuja - A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday ordered the remand of a former Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Umaru Fintiri, in Kuje prison, Abuja,

Fintiri according to Punch was send to prison over five counts of money laundering charges involving about N1.9bn preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed made the order after Fintiri pleaded not guilty to all the five counts on Thursday.

The EFCC arraigned Fintiri along with Mayim Constructions and Properties Limited (the second defendant).

Also read: 1.9bn fraud: Ex-Governor Fintiri remains in EFCC custody

Shortly after Fintiri pleaded not guilty to all the charges, the court heard his bail application but adjourned till Friday to deliver its ruling on it.

Justice Mohammed ordered that the former acting governor be remanded in Kuje prison pending when the court would deliver ruling on the bail application on Friday.

News24 previously reported that the EFCC was scheduled to arraign Fintir on five counts of bribery and money laundering to the tune of N1.9 billion.

The ex-governor is under probe for alleged abuse of office and corruption during his heyday.

It is alleged the former governor awarded two road contracts that were never delivered during his time at the helm of the state.

Fintiri became acting governor of Adamawa following the impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako and his deputy, Bala Ngilari, two years ago for alleged corruption.

- News 24


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