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Alleged N950m fraud: Court says Shekarau, 2 others have case to answer

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The former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, who’s defence of no-case submission which was filed on July 9, in response to the prosecution’s case alleging N950,000 Million money laundering against him, has been struck out by the Federal Government sitting in Kano on Monday.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had arraigned Shekarau on May 24, 2018, alongside former Foreign Affairs Minister, Aminu Wali and one Mansur Ahmad on six counts alleging conspiracy and money laundering summing up to the amount of N950 million.

After the prosecution’s case, Adama had stated in his no-case submission that EFCC failed to present a prima facie case to warrant the defendants entering defence and urged the court to discharge his clients

Justice Lewis Allagoa, while delivering his ruling, held that the EFCC has made out a prima facie case against the defendants, stating that the defendants must open their defence.

“I have considered evidence by the prosecution against the defendants, it is sufficient that they have a case to answer and defend themselves,” he said.

Justice Allagoa, however, adjourned the case to Nov.18 and Nov. 19, for the defence to open its case.

Mr Johnson Ojogbane, Counsel to the EFCC, had earlier told the court that the defendants, between March 26 and March 27, 2015, conspired among themselves and received the said amount without going through financial institutions.

He said that the money was issued to the defendants by the Peoples Democratic Party and former petroleum minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke.

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The prosecutor said that the offences were contrary to Sections 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 16 (2)(b) of the same Act and Section 15(1) of money laundering Act, to which they pleaded not guilty at their arraignment.

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