15 December 2012

Nigeria: Lamido - My Son Not Laundering Money for Me

Dutse — JIGAWA State Governor Sule Lamido has denied insinuations that his son, who was arrested and later released on bail over money-laundering, was laundering money for him.

Aminu Lamido was arrested at the Malam Aminu Kano Airport by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Nigerian Customs Service with $40,000 cash which he failed to declare before trying to board an Egyptian Air plane to Cairo.

In a statement signed Thursday by his Director of Press Umar Kyari Jitau, Lamido said "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 Tuesday.

"The impression the EFCC gave that he embarks on several trips abroad on money laundering on my behalf is therefore false and mischievous to that extent," according to the statement which was issued on Thursday.

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