Court remands ex-Kebbi governor, 2 others in EFCC custody

Court remands ex-Kebbi governor, 2 others in EFCC custody

- Kebbi state governor, Usman Dakingari, has been remanded in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission

- The Federal High Court sitting in Birnin-Kebbi area of the state remanded Dakingari along with Sunday Dogoyaro and Garba Kamba in the custody pending the ruling on their bail application

- The presiding judge, Justice Basse Onu, adjourned the case for ruling and trial to December 10

Former governor of Kebbi, Usman Dakingari, Sunday Dogoyaro and Garba Kamba have been remanded in the custody of the EFCC pending the final ruling on their bail application on December 10, and adjourned the case for ruling and trial on the same date.

Daily Sun reports that he defendants were standing trial on 13 counts charge level against them by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on alleged conspiracy and money laundering.

They were alleged to have committed money laundry of N450 million, part of $115 million and 115 million dollars collected from a former minister of petroleum resources, Deizani Alison-Madueke.

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Their alleged action is said to have been contrary to section 1A of money laundry Act 2015 punishable under section 16 (2B) among other.

The lead Counsel to the EFCC, J.A Ojogbane told the Federal High Court, sitting in Birnin-Kebbi area of the state that the defendants were in court and they should take their pleas.

Ojogbane urged the court that the 13 counts charge be read to them for immediate commencement of their trial.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to all the counts charge as the Prosecutor leading counsel asked the court to commence their trial immediate.

Counsel to the 1st defendant, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN) while applying for the 1st defendants bail, told the court that his client was the former governor of Kebbi state without record of criminal cases argued that he would not jumped bail if granted.

The counsel to the second defendant, O. A Dada, in his application for bail, supported with 21 paragraphs affidavit and argued that if Court granted his client bail, he would not dishonour the Court by not making himself available.

He also pleaded that if his client would be remanded, they would align the submission of the 1st Defendant that the EFCC custody in Birnin-Kebbi and Sokoto State should be considered as alternatives.

Counsel to the 3rd defendant, Ahmed Fingilla, in his application before the court, argued that his client had represented Nigeria in many countries as a Diplomat with a track record without blemish.

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He maintained that the prosecutor had also testified that the 3rd defendant was the accused person that honoured the EFCC invitation at their Kano office as well regularly appeared before the Court since the case commence in June 2018.

He also pleaded before the Court that his client should be remanded in Birnin-Kebbi or Sokoto State remand facilities of the EFCC if the Court rule in an interim, before the ruling on the bail.

Responding to the defendant’s counsels bail applications, EFCC counsel, J. A. Ojogbane, who did not object to their applications, appealed to the Court to use its discretion in granting the bail applications.

Meanwhile, had reported that former governor of Kebbi state, Usman Dakingari, joined the race for the House of Representatives.

It was learnt that Dakingari collected the nomination/expression of interest form to contest for the House of Representatives to represent Suru/Bagudo federal constituency. The former governor obtained the form at the APC national headquarters in Abuja a few days ago. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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