The Court of Appeal in Kaduna has upheld the conviction of Aminu Lamido, the son of a former Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, by a Federal High Court in Kano.
The younger Lamido was arraigned before the trial court on Feb 4, 2013 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a one count charge of money laundering bordering on false declaration of foreign currency.
He was subsequently found guilty, convicted of the crime, and ordered to forfeit 25 percent of the undeclared sum on July 12, 2015.
The convict had approached the appellate court in Kaduna seeking to set aside the trial court’s judgment following his dissatisfaction with its decision.
Delivering judgment on Monday Justice H.A.O Abiru, who led the appellate court panel, upheld the decision of the lower court and dismissed Lamido’s appeal for lacking in merit, accordingly.
The Street Journal recalls that Lamido, 34, and 2010 Mass Communication graduate of Bayero University, Kano, was first arrested on December 11, 2012 at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, while travelling to Egypt.
He was alleged to have failed to declare the sum of $40,000 in the Customs Currency Declaration Form after initially declaring the statutory $10,000 to the Nigeria Custom Service.
His father is also standing trial before the Federal High Court for alleged corruption while he served as Governor.