Ex-Jigawa Gov. Sule Lamido, sons begin trial over alleged N1.35bn fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has opened its case before a Federal High Court Abuja in the criminal trial of former Jigawa state governor, Sule Lamido, charged with N1.35bn fraud.

The former governor was first arraigned alongside two of his sons – Aminu Sule Lamido and Mustapha Sule Lamido; Aminu Wada Abubakar, Bamaina Holdings Ltd and Speeds International Ltd before Justice Adeniyi Ademola in 2015.

Following the abrupt suspension of Justice Ademola, the case was transferred to justice Babatunde Quadri in 2017.

Sule Lamido and his co-defendants were re-arraigned on a 43-count amended charge before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

At the commencement of trial, on Thursday, the EFCC presented its first witness, Philip Adepoju, a banker with Guaranty Trust Bank. While giving his testimony before the court on Friday, November 23, 2018, Mr Adepoju said a transaction of N65,500,000 was transferred from the account of Interior woodworks to that the account of Mustapha Sule Lamido on June 2, 2010.

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The witness also presented the account opening package of Interior Woodwork Limited, statement of account from July 2007 to December 2013 and certification of identification. They were all admitted in evidence.

Mr Abubakar Baba Adamu, a branch manager at Unity Bank in Jigawa state testified as the second prosecution witness. The prosecution also presented Victoria Okegbo, an account officer with Keystone bank as its third witness.

The matter has been adjourned to January 23, 2019, for continuation

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