A judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, has ruled that former Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido must account for N712 million.
Justice Ojukwu threw out a seven-point, no-case submission of Lamido, challenging his trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) stating that he has a case to answer before the court. She gave the ruling on Monday.
Lamido is standing trial, alongside two of his sons: Aminu Sule Lamido, Mustapha Sule Lamido, his business associate, Aminu Wada Abubakar and four companies: Bamaina Company Nigeria Limited, Bamaina Aluminium Limited, Speeds International Limited and Batholomew Darlignton Agoha in a 37-count further amended charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N712,008,035.
Count one of the charges read: “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 N14.85 million 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”
Justice Ojukwu upheld the submissions of EFCC’s counsel, Chile Okoroma, that Lamido had a case to answer and ordered him to open his defence at the next adjourned date of the matter.
She adjourned the matter to November 8 to 11, 2022 for the former governor to open his defence.