14 December 2012

Nigeria: EFCC Grants Lamido's Son Administrative Bail

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has granted administrative bail to Aminu Sule, eldest son of Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido who was arrested at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Kano (MAKIA) on Wednesday over alleged money laundering offences.

Lamido was arrested during preliminary security checks as he prepared to board an Egypt Air flight to Cairo, following the discovery that he was carrying about 400 per cent more money than he had disclosed to the Nigerian Customs.

Although spokesman of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, told THISDAY in a telephone conversation yesterday, that the governor's son had been granted bail, sources said charges had been prepared against Aminu who would be charged to court on a later date.

Reacting to his son's arrest, Lamido in a statement by the Director of Press to the Governor, Umar Kyari, said: "I have read from Sahara Reporters that my son, Aminu Sule Lamido, had been arrested at Mallam Aminu Kano Airport for carrying $50,000 on his way to Egypt. For the purpose of removing the notion that he was embarking on a money laundering mission on my behalf, I find it necessary to clarify the allegation.

"Aminu Lamido had a daughter born with spinal cord problem and was taken to Cleopatra Hospital in Cairo, Egypt, last year. She was in the hospital for three weeks for treatment and was asked to be returned after three months for the second phase of the treatment and this was done about four months ago.

"At the end of the second phase of the treatment, they were asked to return to the hospital for examination after three months. It was on the third leg of the visit that Lamido was arrested by the EFCC while trying to board the Egypt Air on December 11 around 11 a.m. The impression the EFCC gave to Sahara Reporters that he had been undertaking several trips abroad for money laundering on my behalf is therefore false and mischievous to that extent."

Aminu was arrested on Wednesday for declaring $10,000 while hiding another $40,000 on his way to Egypt.

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