3 December 2012

Nigeria: I Wasn't Charged With Money Laundering - Bafarawa

Former Sokoto State governor Attahiru Bafarawa has described as mischievous a newspaper report which claimed that he was charged with money laundering, among other allegations in his ongoing case with the Sokoto State government. He said it was part of the conspiracy against him.

Bafarawa said he was not surprised that the report, which emanated from the EFCC, added money laundering charge to him on the pages of newspaper, stressing that he had said several times that the case was a politically motivated conspiracy against.

Bafarwa said he had earlier stressed to the Attorney General of the Federation and the EFCC that it was not fair and proper to prosecute him at the Sokoto State High Court, which is under the control of his adversaries in the case but they turned deaf ears and went ahead.

He also said he wrote to the Attorney General and the EFFC drawing their attention to the fact that eight out of the 15 persons he was being accused of conspiring with to misappropriated state funds have had their charges withdrawn because they had joined the political camp of the state governor.

"If there are no conspirators, then who did I conspire with?" he asked.

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