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Former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, two of his sons and some companies have been re-arraigned before the Federal High Court, Abuja on an amended charge of corruption and money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Lamido, his sons – Aminu and Mustapha – and an aide, Aminu Wada Abubakar and the companies were arraigned on July 9 before the Federal High Court, Kano on similar charge.
But the prosecuting agency brought a new charge, adding a new person – Batholomew Darlington Agoha – and increasing the counts to 27.
The affected companies are Bamaina Holdings Limited, Bamaina Company Nigeria Limited, Bamaina Aluminium Limited and Speeds International Limited.
They were all arraigned on the fresh charge before Justice Adeniyi Ademola, to which they pleaded not guilty.
One of the counts read: “That you Alhaji Sule Lamido (while being Governor of Jigawa State, Nigeria), Aminu Sule Lamido, Mustapha Sule Lamido, Bamaina Holdings Limited, Bamaina Company Nigeria Limited, and Speeds International Limited between 15th October and 18th December, 2008 within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did convert an aggregate sum of N124,649,915 paid by Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company Nigeria Limited into the account of Speeds International Limited.”
Another reads: “That you Alhaji Sule Lamido (while being the governor of Jigawa State, Nigeria), Aminu Sule Lamido, Mustapha Sule Lamido, Bamaina Holdings Limited, Bamaina Company Nigeria Limited and Speeds International Limited between 8th January and 10th December, 2013 within the jurisdiction of this honbourable court took possession of an aggregate sum of N101,580,300 paid by Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company Nigeria Limited into the account of Bamaina Holdings Limited.”
Justice Ademola granted them bail on the conditions earlier granted them by Justice Gabriel Kolawole (also of the Federal High Court, Abuja).
Justice Kolawole had, in July granted bail to Lamido on self-recognition in view of his status as an ex-governor.
The judge equally admitted Aminu, Muspaha and Abubakar to bail but at N25million and two sureties each.
Justice Kolawole said one of the sureties must be a Level 16 civil servant in either a federal or state establishment.
The other, the judge said, must be an entrepreneur, who must own a property worth N75million located either in Abuja, Kano or Jigawa.
He ordered the accused persons to deposit their travel documents with the court, which they could retrieve whenever they wish to travel.
Justice Ademola adjourned to October 21 for trial.
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