Money Laundering Allegation: Appeal Court Frees Ex-Gov Lamido, Sons

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The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Tuesday ruled in favor of the former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, and his two sons, acquitting them of the money laundering charges brought against them. The charges, totaling N712 million, were filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) back in 2015.

Alongside Sule Lamido, his sons Aminu and Mustapha were also accused in the case, as well as his business associate, Aminu Abubakar, and three companies named Bamaina Company Nigeria Limited, Bamaina Aluminium Limited, and Speeds International Limited.

Previously, in September of the preceding year, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja had dismissed the defendants’ no-case submission, thereby ordering them to present their defense against the charges.

However, dissatisfied with the ruling, they took their case to the appellate court, seeking to have the decision set aside. During the proceedings on Tuesday, the Court of Appeal deemed the defendants’ no-case submission as meritorious, leading to the discharge of the former governor and his sons from the money laundering charges.