The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday detained a former Governor of Jigawa State, Alh. Sule Lamido and two sons ahead of their arraignment before a court in Kano today.
The three detainees have also been flown to Kano in preparation for their trial in connection with an alleged N1.3billion worth of contracts.
They are being charged on a 24-count relating to alleged mismanagement of over N1.3billion.
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The suspect faces a two-count on conspiracy, bribery and abuse of office.
Investigation by our correspondent showed that Lamido and his two sons were detained after reporting for further investigation.
But they were informed that they would be flown to Kano for trial on Wednesday.
A source said: “The investigation of Lamido and his two sons has reached an appreciable level for their arraignment in a court in Kano.
“We have been interrogating the former governor on alleged award of contracts to some companies owned by his children. The value of the contracts was in the region of about N1.3b.
“We are also looking into allegation of money laundering against the ex-governor and some of his children. You know one of the sons of Lamido had been convicted for a similar offence.
“The allegations against Lamido have to do with alleged mismanagement of funds, money laundering and abuse of office.”
A top official of the EFCC confirmed the relocation of Lamido from Abuja to Kano.
“The three people have been flown to Kano but our immediate challenge is that the case has not been assigned to any Federal High Court judge as I speak with you.
“But we are hopeful that they may be arraigned on Wednesday or Thursday. They are facing a 24-count charge bordering on alleged mismanagement of over N1billion.”
Also, the EFCC has arraigned an employee of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Ali Gambo Abdullahi, before Justice C.N. Orji of the Federal High Court, Apo, Abuja.
The suspect is facing a two-count charge on conspiracy, bribery and abuse of office.
According to a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, the suspect’s arrest and subsequent arraignment followed “a petition from one Rasheed O. Taiwo, who claimed that he paid a bribe of N1.8million to the Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja, Mr. Danladi Umar, through the accused.
But the chairman of CCT, Umar, had consistently denied demanding or receiving any bribe sum through the suspect or anybody.
The EFCC however said the petitioner, Taiwo, alleged that, “Umar who claimed to be presiding over a case in which he was involved, demanded a N10m (ten million naira) bribe as “settlement”, to give him a clean bill of health.
”The petitioner further alleged that, after several negotiations, he paid N1.8m as initial deposit, into the account of Ali Gambo Abdulllahi, in one of the new generation banks.”
The case has been adjourned to October 21 and 22 for commencement of trial.
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