Corruption: Two Former Governors Remanded In Custody, Another To Be Arraigned By EFCC

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Three past Nigerian governors are currently in cutody over corruption charges.

Former Governor of Jigawa, Alhaji Sule Lamido, is set to face corruption charges against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Escorted by EFCC operatives, he arrived Kano Wednesday and is awaiting his arraignment.

He was accused of receiving a whooping N1.3 billion from a construction company, Dantata and Sawoe, as a 10 percent kickback for contracts the firm won.

The money was allegedly paid into the accounts of companies owned by Lamido and his sons, the EFCC said.

He will be charged alongside his also charging his sons.

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered that a former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, be remanded in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over
money laundering charges.

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Ohakim was arrested by the EFCC on Tuesday
alongside, same day he former Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako and his son, Abdul-aziz were picked up and were arraigned in court on
Wednesday.

The presiding Judge, Ademola Adeniyi,
ordered that Ohakim remain in the custody of the commission until Thursday for hearing on his bail application.

The former Imo State governor was accused of
making a cash payment to the tune of $2, 290,000.00 (about N270,000,000.00) for the purchase of a property at Plot number 1098 Cadastral Zone A04, Asokoro District, otherwise known as Number 60, Kwame Nkurumah Street, Asokoro in Abuja.

An amount alleged to be above the threshold approved for an individual, going by the provisions of Section 1 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2004.

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The Charge three count charges against him read, “That you, Ikedi Ohakim, on or about the January 26, 2013 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, while under arrest for an offence under the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission Establishment Act, 2004 knowingly failed to make a full disclosure of your assets by not declaring your ownership of the
property known and described as Plot No. 1098 Cadastral Zone A04, Asokoro District- it is also known as No.60,
Kwame Nkurumah Street, Asokoro, Abuja and thereby committed an offence
contrary to Section 27(3)(c) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Establishment Act, 2004 and punishable under the same section.”

The former governor, however, pleaded not guilty
to all the three  him, even as the EFCC counsel, Festus Keyamo, prayed the court to remand the accused person in prison custody pending trial in view of his plea.

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The Judge, however, ordered that Ohakim be remanded in the EFCC Custody and adjourned hearing on the bail application to Thursday.

In the same vein, Fomer Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, his son and two others, were also remanded in EFCC’s custody by Justice
Kanu Agabi of the same Federal High Court in Abuja.

The ex-governor has been in running battle with the EFCC since the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Nyako and his co-accused persons are facing criminal charges bordering on laundering N15 billion.

The hearing on their bail application was adjourned till Friday.

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