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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

EFCC rearrests ex-Gov. Lamido, sons; flies them to Kano for arraignment

EFCC rearrests ex-Gov. Lamido, sons; flies them to Kano for arraignment
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has rearrested a former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, and his two sons — Aminu and Mustapha — over N1.3 billion fraud.

A source at the commission said the Lamidos were moved to Kano in preparation for their arraignment in court either Wednesday or Thursday.


Mr. Lamido’s sons had earlier been arrested in Kano and flown to Abuja in November 2013 while their father enjoyed immunity as the Jigawa State governor.

The now ex-governor surrendered himself to the commission at the end of his tenure on June 15.

They were accused of using their positions to siphon Jigawa State funds.

The spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the arrest of the former governor.

PREMIUM TIMES had in 2014 reported how a construction firm, Dantata and Sawoe, paid N1.3 billion as 10 percent kickback for contracts it won, into accounts owned by the governor and his sons.

It also showed how, between 2007, when Mr. Lamido assumed office, and 2014, Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company was awarded contracts amounting to N13.5 billion.

Payments for the contracts were made by the state government to the construction firm through five banks – Zenith, Access, Diamond, Sterling and UBA.

Within the same period, according to a probe of the transactions by the EFCC, Dantata and Sawoe paid out over N1.3 billion into the accounts of companies in which the governor and his sons had interest.

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