- EFCC has arraigned six FAAN staff over illegal dealing in gold
- The commission's head of media and publicity, Tony Orilade, made this known in a statement on Tuesday, April 9
- One of the suspects identified as Mannir was said to have been arrested on board an Emirates flight to Dubai on March 1, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos
The Lagos zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned eight suspected members of a syndicate who deal illegally in gold, before Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos on a three-count charge.
Premium Times reports that the head of media and publicity of the commission, Tony Orilade, in a statement issued on Tuesday, April 9, said six of the suspects are the staff of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
Legit.ng gathered that they are Babagana Zannah, who claimed to be the owner of the raw gold bars; Ahmed Hamza Mannir; Manasseh Auta; Dahiru Habib Bali; Isa Umaru Ammani; Ajakaye Oladipo; Bamanja Jonah Samuel and Lasisi Aisha.
He said the second suspect, Mannir, who was arrested on board of an Emirates flight to Dubai on March 1, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, was allegedly helped by the third to eight defendants, who are employees of FAAN.
The suspects allegedly carried the raw gold bars through various doors, while carefully avoiding going through the scanners provided at the airport and handed them to the second defendant at the point of boarding.
He said the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them. Given their pleas, the prosecuting counsel, Ayanfe Ogunsina, asked the court for a trial date and prayed that the defendants be remanded in prison.
The statement added the defence counsels, in an application dated April 8, also prayed the court to grant their clients bail in the most liberal terms.
The counsel to third to eight defendants respectively said his clients are employees of the Federal Government and would not jump bail if granted.
However, Ogunsina opposed the bail applications filed by the defence counsels.
He said: “The punishment of this offence carries life imprisonment. And if the court is to use its discretion to grant bail, it should be in terms that the defendants will be present in court.”
The judge, A.O Faji adjourned the case to April 16, for ruling on the bail applications. He ordered the defendants to be remanded in prison custody.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Enugu zonal office, on Monday, April 8, got the conviction of a pension fraudster, Akpudili Christian Anayo.
The ruling was given by Justice K. I. Okpe of the Enugu state high court, as Anayo was convicted on a six-count charge of forgery, impersonation, conspiracy and stealing to the tune of N13 million.
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