The trial of a former Governor of Zamfara State, Mahmoud Aliyu Shinkafi before Justice Fatima Aminu has been adjourned till November 17 and 18, 2020 for continuation of trial.
This is sequel to the death of Shinkafi’s co-defendant, Ibrahim Mallaha.
Shinkafi is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC alongside three others, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda, Ibrahim Mallaha ( now deceased) and Aminu Ahmed Nahuche for allegedly collecting the sum of N450,000,000 (Four Hundred and Fifty Million Naira Only) from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deizani Allison Madueke for the purpose of influencing the outcome of the 2015 general election.
The matter was adjourned to October 13 for continuation of trial but when the case was called today, counsel representing the deceased Julius Anthony informed the court that his client had passed on in a German hospital. He disclosed that he wrote a letter seven days ago notifying the court that the deceased had been flown to Germany on health emergency.
Responding, prosecution counsel, Musa Isah expressed his deepest sympathy on the death of the fourth defendant. Isah further requested that a death certificate be provided to enable him to amend the charge so that the trial can proceed without the deceased.
After listening to both counsel, Justice Aminu adjourned the matter till November 17 and 18 for the continuation of trial.
EFCC Hunts Tambuwal’s Aide Over N2.2m Fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is currently trailing Bello Malami Tambuwal, an aide of Governor Aminu Tambuwal, over an alleged N2.2 million fraud.
The zonal head of the anti-graft agency, Mr Usman Kaltungo, who announced this, alleged that the governor’s aide has been using his position to dupe car dealers.
He added that most of the cars he collected deceptively were Hyundai products.
“He has been going to car dealers to collect cars under a false pretence. He used to tell them that it was the Governor who wanted to buy the car for somebody,” Kaltungo said.
“After collecting the car, he sells them and use the money for something else,” he said.
According to Kaltungo, the Special Adviser who ought to be arraigned on Thursday had jumped several administrative bails.
He noted that the sum of N1.6m had already been recovered from him, aside the N2.250 million.
Anti-graft Agency Sets to Probe Ogun Assembly Speaker, others For Alleged Misappropriation
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to probe the Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, over alleged financial misappropriation, forgery and money laundering.
In a letter obtained by SaharaReporters, the EFCC asked the Clerk to provide it with information on all budget appropriations and allocations of the House from May 30, 2015 till date.
N150m fraud: Appeal Court Dismisses Suspect’s Bail Appeal
The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, has dismissed an application filed by a suspected fraudster, Nelson Emuobosa Omo-Ode, challenging the ruling of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos denying him bail.
Omo-Ode, a 34-year-old Business Administration graduate of the Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan College, Malaysia, was arrested on July 18, 2019 at his residence at the Address Homes, Onikani Foreshore Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos, following a petition received by the Commission about his suspicious lifestyle.
Investigations showed that over N150, 000,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Million Naira) had passed through his account in recent time, which he could not account for.
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