N1bn Money Laundering: EFCC arraigns ex-Niger Gov., Aliyu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, arraigned the immediate past Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu before the Federal High Court in Abuja on eight-count money laundering charge.

The duo were said to have pocketed the Ecological Fund which they allegedly paid into the account of a private company, D-Sabrin International Limited through the Niger State Minister of Environment.

Meanwhile, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge, even as they prayed the court to allow them on bail pending the determination of the criminal case against them.

In a bench ruling, trial Justice Nnamdi Dimgba granted the former governor and his co-defendants bail to the sum 200million with two sureties each.

Justice Dimgba held that the sureties could be public servants or professionals.
It held that the two sureties must be owners of landed property within the Federal Capital Territory and not in the satellite towns.

Justice Dimgba ordered the defendants to surrender their international passports and not travel outside the country except with the express permission of the court.

The case was subsequently adjourned till 6 and 7 July for hearing.
Meanwhile, the defendants have filed preliminary objection challenging their trial in Abuja.

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