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EFCC re-arraigns ex-gov Lamido, sons, firms for fraud
A former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido and his two sons – Aminu and Mustapha – were on Tuesday arraigned before Justice Ademola Adeniyi of a Federal High Court in Abuja on a 27 counts, bordering on corruption and money laundering.
Also arraigned with them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission were Aminu Abubakar, Batholomew Agoha and companies through which they perpetrated the alleged fraud.
The companies are Bamaina Holdings Limited, Bamaina Company Nigeria Limited, Bamaina Aluminium Limited and Speeds International Limited.
Lamido and other accused had on July 9, 2015, been arraigned before Justice Evelyn Anyadike of a Federal High Court in Kano, over misappropriation of funds belonging to Jigawa State.
Their case was later transferred to the FHC, Abuja, where a vacation judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, granted them bail and adjourned the matter till September 22, 2015.
At the resumed hearing on Tuesday at the Abuja FHC, counsel for the EFCC, Chile Okoroma, presented the court with the amended charge, dated September 15, 2015, which added Agoha, manager of Speeds International Limited, as one of the accused persons.
The case was however, adjourned briefly to allow the registry to assign a new charge number to the amended charge sheet, since the case was originally heard in Kano.
But when the charges were read to them, all the accused pleaded not guilty and the case was thereafter, adjourned till October 21 and 22 for trial.
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