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EFCC Arraigns Ex-Minister Wakil, 4 Others For Laundering N450m

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Maiduguri Zonal office yesterday, arraigned the former minister of State, Power, Mohammed Wakil at the Federal High Court sitting in Maiduguri, on seven count charge for laundering N450 million being proceeds from $115 million, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign fund alleged disbursed by former minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

Others arraigned with the former minister include Garba Abacha Umar , Ibrahim Shehu Birma , Dr. Abubakar Ali Kullima, and Engr. Muhammad Baba Kachalla.

According to the EFCC counsel, Halima Shehu, the case of money laundering against the defendants was received by the commission through intelligence report.

According to her, the defendants agreed among themselves to make and receive cash payments above threshold outside financial institutions, and investigation was conducted, and fact incriminating enough to warrant prosecution was established against the defendants.

“Count one of the charge reads:  ‘That you , Hon Mohammed Wakil , Garba Abacha Umar, Ibrahim Shehu Birma , Dr Abubakar Ali Kullima and Engnr . Muhammad Baba Kachalla on or about the 26th day of March, 2015 at Maiduguri, Borno State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did agree among yourselves to do an illegal act, to wit: conspiracy to commit money laundering and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 18 ( a) of the money laundering ( prohibition ) Act, 2011 ( As Amended ).

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the seven count charges and the presiding Judge, Justice Mohammed Saliu , opposed the oral bail application filed by the defence counsel, Mohammed Umar  and ordered that the defendants be remanded in EFCC custody pending the determination of motion for bail later filed by the defence. He adjourned the case to 3rd of July this year.



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