5 February 2013

Nigeria: Money Laundering - Sule Lamido's Son Remanded in Prison Custody

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Monday arraigned Aminu Sule Lamido, the first son of Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, on a one-count charge of money laundering before Justice Fatu Riman of the Federal High Court, Kano.

After taking the arguments of the defence and prosecuting counsel, the presiding judge decided to remand Lamido in prison custody, pending the hearing of his bail application.

The accused was arrested by operatives of the EFCC at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, on December 11, 2012 while transporting $50,000 in cash but declared only $10,000 to the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS).

The charge sheet read: "You Aminu Sule Lamido on or about the 11th day of December 2012 at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, while transporting $50,000 cash (fifty thousand dollars only) from Nigeria to Cairo, Egypt, falsely declared to the Nigerian Customs the sum of $10,000 (ten thousand dollars only) instead of the said sum of $50,000 (fifty thousand dollars only) as required under Section 12 of the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act Cap F34 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Section 2(3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011, and thereby committed an offence, punishable under section 2(5) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011."

The accused person, who pleaded not guilty to the charge against him, prompted the prosecuting counsel, Mr. S.H Sa'ad, to apply for a date for hearing for his bail application.

But the defence counsel, Mr. O.E.D. Offiong (SAN), pleaded with the judge to grant his client bail, contending that Lamido was already on administrative bail.

However, Sa'ad opposed the bail application, and subsequently opposed the request for the accused to be remanded in EFCC custody, arguing that the accused may tamper with the course of investigation as he had once declined to appear for the first hearing and refused to get served when EFCC first approached him.

The presiding judge, Justice A. Riman, agreed with the prosecuting counsel and ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the hearing until tomorrow.

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