- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned two men before a Federal High Court in Abuja, for allegedly receiving the sum of N600 million from the office of ex-NSA Sambo Dasuki
- Both men pleaded not guilty to the 6-count charges of money laundering brought against them by the EFCC
- The trial judge granted the suspects bail to the tune of N100 million each and surety in like sum, then fixed November 21, for the commencement of trial
Two men - Aliyu Usman and Nuru Usman- have been arraigned before the Federal High Court in Maitama, Abuja, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, for allegedly receiving the sum of N600 million from the office of ex-National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
The men were charged with 6-counts of money laundering, contrary to Section 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended).
NAIJ.com gathers that both men pleaded not guilty to the charges.
They were arraigned before Justice Tsoho, alongside their companies, Leaderette Nigeria Ltd and Nordeen Global Resources Ltd.
Count three of the charge reads: “That you, Aliyu Usman, Nura Yahaya Usman being the Managing Director of Leaderette Nigeria Ltd on or about 10th June, 2013 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did indirectly take possession of the sum of N240, 000, 000.00 (Two Hundred and Forty Million Naira Only) transferred from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) to Leaderette Nigeria Ltd account No 1013621286 operated with United Bank of Africa (UBA) which you reasonably ought to have known that such fund form part of the proceeds of an unlawful act and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as Amended) and punishable under Section (15) (3) and (4) of the same Act.”
After the suspects entered in their plea, their counsel, John Momoh, prayed the court to grant his client’s bail.
This was after the prosecutor, Offem Uket, appealed to the court to fix a date for the start of trial.
Both men were eventually granted bail to the tune of N100 million each, plus one surety in like sum by the presiding judge.
The suspects were remanded in Kuje prison until the fulfillment of their bail conditions on the order of the judge.
Justice Tsoho fixed November 21, for the commencement of trial.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the EFCC, exposed what the former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, bought with his share of the $2.1 billion arms procurement fund for the Nigerian Armed Forces.
EFCC’s investigators revealed that the former NSA allegedly diverted huge amount of money earmarked for the nation’s security and bought properties in foreign cities like, Dubai and London.
Dasuki, who has been on trial is said to be involved in various activities that bordered on economic sabotage, compromise of the nation’s security and endangering the lives of Nigerian soldiers fighting members of the Boko Haram sect in the Northern part of the country.
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