Aminu Sule Lamido arraigned, remanded in prison

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday arraigned Aminu Sule Lamido, the son of Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, before Justice Fatu Riman of the Federal High Court, Kano on a one count charge of money laundering.

The charge reads: “That you Aminu Sule Lamido on or about 11th day of December, 2012 at the Mallam Aminu International Airport, Kano within the Jurisdiction of the Federal High Court while transporting in cash, the sum of $50,000 (Fifty Thousand Dollars Only) from Nigeria to Cairo, Egypt, falsely declare to the Nigerian Customs the sum of $10,000 (Ten Thousand Dollars Only) instead of the said sum of $50,000 (Fifty Thousand Dollars Only) as required under Section 12 of the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act Cap F34 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Section 2(3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 2(5) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011.”

The accused pleaded not guilty.

Lamido was arrested by operatives of the EFCC at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Kano on December 11, 2012 on his way to Cairo, Egypt.

He was arrested for failure to declare the $50,000 in his possession.

He only declared $10,000 to the Nigeria Customs Service.

In view of his plea, prosecuting counsel, S.H. Sa’ad, urged the court to fix a date for commencement of trial and remand the accused in prison custody pending hearing of his bail application.

The defence counsel, O.E.D. Offiong (SAN), urged the court to admit his client to bail as he was already on administrative bail.

After listening to both counsels, Justice Riman remanded the accused person in prison custody and adjourned to Tuesday for hearing of the bail application.