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Nigerian Governor faces N100m money laundering charge

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),  has instituted a fresh suit against former Adamawa State Governor, Boni Haruna,  over alleged money laundering involving another N100million.

The fresh criminal suit was instituted against him at a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja following new discovery of fraud allegedly perpetrated while in office as the governor of Adamawa State.

Unlike  the previous one, where he had been standing trial along with one other accused person, the former governor will face the fresh 28 criminal charges along with three conspirators.

His  co- accused are a member of the House of Assembly,  Mohammed Bassi, Babani Elias   and a limited liability company that was allegedly used as a conduit pipe to siphon the money.
However, the plea of the ex-governor and Mohammed Bassi who were in court could not be taken following the absence of two other accused persons.

 When the matter came up,  counsel to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Paul Erokoro (SAN),  told the court that the criminal charges could not be served on the two other accused persons  for some difficult reasons.

 

 He applied to Justice Adamu Bello to grant him a short adjournment to enable EFCC serve the criminal charge on Babani Elias  and the limited liability company
Also, counsel to the accused persons,  Mr. Hyeladzira Nganjiwa,  told the court that the third and fourth accused persons were not in court because they had not been served with the charges as required by law

. Adjourning the matter, Justice Bello noted that there was no proof of service in the court record to show that the accused persons were served.