Court orders Sule Lamido to open defence in alleged N712m fraud

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Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has thrown out a seven-point,  no-case submission of a former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, challenging his trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), saying he had a case to answer before the court.

EFCC is prosecuting Lamido on 37 amended charges,  alongside two of his sons, Aminu and Mustapha  Lamido as well as Aminu Abubakar, a business associate to the Lamidos and four companies.

The Former governor had earlier filed a no-case submission at the court.

He alleged that the evidence provided by the prosecution did not disclose any case against him. He, therefore, called on the judge to dismiss the charges as, according to him, there was no need for him enter any defence.

However, ruling on the no-case submission, Justice Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu dismissed his claim, ordering him to open his defence on November 8.

Part of the charges includes “That you Alhaji Sule Lamido (while being the Governor of Jigawa State, Nigeria), on or about 15th of December,2008  within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court in your account in the name of Bamaina Holdings (also referred to as  Bamaina Holding Limited) domiciled at Unity Bank Plc. Kano, converted the sum of N14,850,000.00 (Fourteen Million, Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) being the value of Intercontinental Bank Plc. (now Access Bank Plc) cheque no. 00000025 paid by Dantata & Sawoe Construction Company Nigeria  Limited which represented the  proceeds of your illegal act to wit: using your position as a public officer for gratification  by  purportedly obtaining contracts for companies in which you have interest from Dantata & Sawoe Construction Company Nigeria Limited which was awarded contracts by Jigawa State Government with the aim of concealing its illicit origin and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 14(1) (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004 and punishable under Section 14(1) of the same Act.”

 



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