Published On: Sat, Nov 16th, 2013
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EFCC Arrests Governor Sule Lamido’s Sons Over Alleged N10b Fraud


The two sons of Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, who are detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will soon be arraigned in court.

They were picked up by EFCC operatives in Kano and taken to Abuja for a source in commission described last night as “fraud related matters.”

According to him, the anti-graft agency has carried out its investigation against the suspects – Mustapha Sule Lamido and Aminu Sule Lamido, and established cases fraud against them

Operatives of the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) had stormed the state and arrested Lamido’s sons and a commissioner. While the EFCC is handling the cases linked with Lamido’s sons, the ICPC is probing the 27 local government areas in the state.

The EFCC men arrived in the state on Thursday and traced the governor’s sons to Kano State where they were arrested.

The arrest of the suspects came a few hours after Lamido alleged that a minister under President Goodluck Jonathan collected over $250million bribe from an oil company.

Lamido, who is among the G-7 governors engaged in political face-off with the presidency and the mainstream PDP led by Bamanga Tukur, had in the past hinted of the planned use of the EFCC and the ICPC to intimidate him to change his political stand.

At the time of filing this report, no reason was given for their arrest but the public relations officer of EFCC in charge of the north-west zone, Mr Idris, denied knowledge of the development. “I’m not aware of that; as I’m talking to you now I’m on my way to Katsina. I went to office this morning (yesterday) and saw one man whom we discussed one issue not related to this and I left for Katsina, but I will call you back if I get the details on what you asked for,” he stated.

Spokesman of EFCC Mr Wilson Uwujaren simply said that two persons were arrested in Kano in connection with money laundering, but he gave no details.

It was learnt that the governor’s sons were taken to Abuja by the EFCC.

Aminu was on December 11, 2012, arrested by the EFCC at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport for laundering the sum of $50,000. He was convicted by a Federal High Court in Kano on July 12, 2013, for the offence.

When Nigerianinfo contacted the Jigawa State commissioner for information, Alhaji Babandi Ibrahim, he confirmed the arrest, saying that “we are monitoring the situation; it just happened; please wait a little; government will state its position in due course”.

Commenting on the arrest, an associate of Governor Lamido, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the arrest as politically-motivated.

Also, officials of the ICPC have started investigation on the financial expenditure of the 27 local governments in the state.

Nigerianinfo gathered that the ICPC officials arrived in the state last weekend and swung into action on Monday.

The ICPC men allegedly visited the Ministry of Local Government where they detained and interrogated the commissioner, Hon. Salisu Sale Indirawa.

The ICPC exercise lasted four days but no details were given on their findings.

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