13 December 2012

Nigeria: Money Laundering - Gov Lamido's Son Granted Bail

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Son of Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State, Alhaji Aminu Sule, arrested at Kano Airport over alleged money laundering.

Aminu Sule , son of Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido who was arrested yesterday for money laundering at the Kano International Airport has been released.

He was released on bail today after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) filed charges at a Federal High court in Kano.

According to EFCC officials, Aminu was on administrative bail as there were no judges available to take his plea today due to "judges conference" taking place in Abuja.

Earlier, Jigawa governor Sule Lamido faulted media report that Aminu Sule, arrested at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport for carrying fifty thousand US dollars ( $50,000) on him while on his trip to Egypt was on a money laundering mission on his behalf.

In a statement by malam Umar Kyari, Director of press to Governor Lamido which said " for the purpose of removing this notion that he was embarking on a money laundering mission on my behalf, that I find it necessary to clarify the allegation".

The statement: "The impression the EFCC gave was that he had been carrying monies on several trips overseas on money laundering on my behalf is therefore false and mischievous to that extent".

" Aminu has a daughter born with spinal problem and was taken to Cleopatra hospital in Cairo, Egypt last year, and that the little girl was in the hospital for three weeks for treatment and was asked to return for the second phase of the treatment, which was done about four months ago. At the end of second phase of the treatment, they were asked to return to the hospital for final examination after three months.

He added that it was on this third leg of the visit that his son, Aminu was arrested by the EFCC while trying to board Egypt Air on Tuesday 11th December, 2012 around 11.30pm'.

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