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Money laundering: Governor Lamido’s son granted bail

By on February 5, 2013

A Federal High Court sitting in Kano on Tuesday granted bail to Aminu, the eldest son of Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, who is standing trial for money laundering.

Aminu was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission operatives at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport on December 11, last year when he attempted to transport $50, 000 out of the country.

He declared $10,000 to the Nigerian Customs.

After considering the bail application, Justice Fatu Riman in his ruling averred that the bail would not tamper with investigation because the accused was initially granted administrative bail by EFCC on December 13 last year.

Despite enjoying the administrative bail conditions, Justice Riman acknowledged that the accused did not jump bail and has been reporting to the EFCC whenever he is requested to do so.

After establishing that the accused person would not tamper with investigations, Justice Riman granted the bail application, arguing that what type of investigations would allow the accused person to gain access to such evidences.

He added that the accused person only failed to appear in court on January 19, a development which has been established was due his ill-health.

The judge, however, granted him bail with conditions, which includes the accused depositing N8 million, while the two sureties, which must be civil servants on Grade Level 14 will deposit N4 million each.

According to the judge, the sureties must also provide evidence of tax clearance for the last three years, an evidence of landed property within the court’s jurisdiction.

He adjourned the case to March 18 and 19 for further hearing.
[The Nation]