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Two lawmakers arraigned over alleged N450m fraud



Two lawmakers arraigned over alleged N450m fraud

Two former lawmakers, Senator Saidu Kumo, and Nuhu Poloma, were on Wednesday arraigned before the Federal High Court in Gombe over alleged fraud of N450 million.

They duo were arraigned before Justice Nehizena Afolabi by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on five counts bordering on conspiracy and money laundering.

One of the five counts read, “You, Senator  Saidu Umar Kumo and Honourable Nuhu Poloma, on or about 27th March, 2015 within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did conspire between yourselves to accept cash payment of the sum of N450m from one Abba Sunday Agaba, a cash officer with Fidelity Bank, which exceeds the statutory limit authorised by law and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 18(a) and 16 (2) (a) of the Money Laundering Act 2011 as amended.”

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Meanwhile, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges after they were read out to them.

Justice Afolabi subsequently granted each of them bail in the sum of N10 million with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till December 5, 2018 for trial.


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