The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arraigned former governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido, and his two sons, Aminu Sule Lamido and Mustapha Sule Lamido, on a 27-count charge bordering on corruption and money laundering.
Two other persons, Aminu Abubakar and Batholomew Agoha, also appeared before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja together with Bamaina Holdings Limited, Bamaina Company Nigeria Limited, Bamaina Aluminium Limited and Speeds International Limited – the companies through which they allegedly perpetrated the fraud.
Lamido and the co-accused had on July 9, 2015, been arraigned before Justice Evelyn Anyadike of a Federal High Court in Kano, for allegedly misappropriating funds belonging to Jigawa State.
Their case was later transferred to the Federal High Court, Abuja, where Justice Gabriel Kolawole granted them bail and adjourned the matter till September 22, 2015.
At the resumed hearing presided over by Justice Ademola on Tuesday, counsel for the EFCC, Chile Okoroma, presented the court with the amended charge, dated September 15, 2015, adding Agoha, manager of Speeds International Limited, as one of the accused persons.
All accused persons pleaded guilty after the charges were read to them following a brief adjournment to allow the registry assign a new charge number to the amended chat sheet, since the case was previously heard in Kano.
The judge thereafter adjourned the case till October 21 and 22 for trial.