Saturday, December 15, 2012

Sule Lamido: My Son Not Laundering Money

 Gov. Sule Lamido of Nigeria's nothern Jigawa State has denied allegations that his eldest son, Aminu, was laundering money for him, after he (Aminu) was arrested with US$50,000 while about to travel to Egypt through the Aminu Kano International Airport in northern Kano State Wednesday.
Though Aminu declared he was carrying US$10,000, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Nigerian Customs Service found he was indeed in possession of US$50,000 and arrested him

In a statement, the Governor said his son needed the money to pay the medical bills of his daughter, who has been undergoing treatment in Egypt since she was born with a spinal chord problem.

'The impression the EFCC gave that he embarks on several trips abroad on money laundering on my behalf is therefore false and mischievous to that extent,” the Governor said.

Meanwhile, EFCC has granted Aminu bail.

EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said although charges had been prepared, Aminu would be charged to court on a later date.

There are growing concerns in Nigeria at the rate in which people have been caught trying to take huge amounts of cash out of the country.

On Monday, EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Lamorde disclosed that about 15.5 billion naira (US$94 million) had been intercepted at the county’s airports this year, saying the funds were proceeds of corruption.


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