EFCC set to arraign ex-Kebbi Gov Dakingari

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, will on December
6, 2018, arraign a former governor of Kebbi State, Usman Saidu
Dakingari before a Federal High Court, Birnin-Kebbi, on a 13-count
charge of conspiracy and money laundering.

Dakingari will be arraigned along with Sunday Dogonyaro and Garba
Rabiu Kamba for allegedly conniving to collect the sum of N450 million
(Four Hundred and Fifty Million Naira) only part of the $115 million
(One Hundred and Fifteen Million Dollars) allegedly "shared" by the a
former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deizani Alison-Madueke for the
purpose of influencing the 2015 general election.

Dakingari and his co-defendant's arraignment suffered series of
adjournment due to their persistent absence.

On the last adjourned date, Justice Simone Amobeda gave the absentee
defendants the last chance to appear before the court and take their
pleas otherwise, he would "grant the prosecution's prayers and invoke
section 394 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 for
the court to issue a bench warrant for their arrest".

One of the charges reads: "Usman Saidu Dakingari on or about the 27th
March 2015 at Kebbi within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court
made a cash payment of the sum of N49,640,000 (Forty Nine Million, Six
Hundred and Forty Thousand Naira Only) to Alhaji Haruna Haruna without
transacting through a financial institution and thereby committed an
offence contrary to section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition
Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under section 16 (2)(b) of the
same Act".

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