N1.3bn: Trial of Ex Jigawa Gov. Sule Lamido, to start afresh

A judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice Babatunde Quadri has ruled that the trial of former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, be returned to the court’s central registry for reassignment.

The PDP loyalist was arraigned alongside his two sons and one other by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before Justice Adeniyi Ademola in September 2015.

However, the case was transferred to Justice Quadri after Ademola was accused of corruption charges.
After the acquittal of Justice Ademola, counsel to the defendants Mr Offiong Offiong (SAN) prayed the court to return the matter to Ademola on the grounds that 18 witnesses had already testified. The application was denied.

The matter was thereafter taken to the court of Appeal where it was ruled in favour of the defendant. Mr Ademola however retired in December 2017.

Following the ruling of the appellate court, Justice Quadri on Monday, January 29, 2018, remitted the case to the central registry for further directives by the Chief Judge of the court.’’

Consequently, the trial is to start afresh.

Mr Lamido is facing 43-count charge bordering on conspiracy, abuse of office and money laundering valued at N1.351 billion.

Those charged with him were his two sons: Aminu and Mustapha; a former aide Wada Abubakar and four companies: Bamaina Holdings Ltd, Bamaina Company Nigeria Ltd, Bamaina Aluminium Ltd, Speeds International Ltd and Batholomew Darlington Agoha.

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