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EFCC re-arraigns ex-minister, four others for alleged N450 million fraud

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), on Tuesday, re-arraigned a former Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, and 4 others on an alleged N450 million money

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), on Tuesday, re-arraigned a former Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, and 4 others on an alleged N450 million money laundering charge.

In an announcement signed through the anti-graft enterprise spokesperson on Tuesday, it stated the accused had been charged earlier than Justice J.K. Dagad of the Federal High Court, Maiduguri, Borno State on a seven-depend fee bordering on criminal conspiracy.

They have been first of all arraigned before Mohammed Salihu on July 2, 2018, earlier than his retirement from the provider, which necessitated the need for the case to be re-assigned to a brand new decide.

According to the declaration, Mr. Wakil is standing trial alongside Garba Abacha, Ibrahim Birma, Abubakar Kullima, and Muhammad Kachalla.

The EFCC said they allegedly collected $115 million from a former minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential election.

The commission added that they committed the crime on March 26, 2015, in Maiduguri, Borno State.

According to the charges, their offense is contrary under section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended)”.

According to the statement, they all pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.

The counsel for the EFCC, Benjamin Manji, asked the court for a date for commencement of trial.

The trial judge however granted them bail on the earlier terms and conditions previously granted them by Mr. Salihu, the former judge.

The judge later adjourned the matter to November 5, 2019.

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