Police Arrest Lamido in Kano

The police, on Sunday, arrested the immediate past Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido.
He was said to have been arrested in Kano State for allegedly inciting his supporters to stop the conduct of local government elections billed to take place on July 1, 2017.
Lamido was said to have kicked against the council polls organised by the administration of Governor Muhammad Badaru.
Lamido, who was arrested at his Sharada Kano home on Sunday morning, was whisked away to the Zone One Command of the Nigeria Police in Kano, it was learnt.
As at 2.30 p.m. on Sunday, the former Governor was still being held by the police who are yet to make any official statement on the matter.
Lamido, his two sons, Aminu and Mustapha and one Aminu Wada Abubakar are currently on trial before a Federal High Court in Abuja on a 28-count charge of corruption and money laundering brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) .
They were arraigned alongside four companies where the Lamidos are believed to have interest. The companies are Bamaina Holdings Limited, Bamiana Company Nigeria Limited, Bamaina Aluminum Limited and Speeds International Limited.
Lamido is said to have abused his position as Governor of Jigawa State between 2007 and 2015, by awarding contracts to companies where he has interest, using his two sons, Aminu and Mustapha as front.
One of the counts in the charge 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 15th October and 18th December, 2008 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did convert an aggregate sum of N 124,649, 915 (One Hundred and Twenty Four Million, Six Hundred and Forty Nine Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifteen Naira) paid by Dantata & Sawoe Limited into the account of Speeds International Limited domiciled with an old generation Bank at Kano which fund you reasonably ought to have known to be proceeds of an unlawful act of Alhaji Sule Lamido who was a Public Officer within the meaning of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers as prescribed under the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) to wit; engaging in private business by a public officer, using the said company in which he is a director and a shareholder, and to whose account he is a signatory; with the aim of concealing the illicit origin of the said sum and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 14 (A) of the Money Laundering Act, 2004.”
The travails of the Lamidos began in 2012 when one of his sons, Aminu was arrested by Operatives of the EFCC at the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano for failing to declare a sum of forty thousand United States Dollars ($ 40,000).
He was prosecuted and convicted; with 50 percent of the undeclared sum forfeited to the Federal Government.
But the investigation into the source of the funds led investigators into the closely guarded web of corruption and money laundering involving members of the former first family of Jigawa state and their cronies.

Author: News Editor

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