EFCC Arraigns Four Kwara State Government Officials For Money Laundering

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ilorin Zonal Office, Yesterday, April 2nd, arraigned four officials of the Kwara State Government, before Justice Babangana Ashigar of a Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin on a two-count charge bordering on money laundering in Kwara State.

The set of Kwara State Government officials who were arraigned includes: Abubakar Ishiak, Permanent Secretary; Shina Mudasir Akorede, Director of Administration and Finance; Rasaq Momonu, Controller Finance and Account, and Hafees Yusuf, Cashier.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Abubakar Ishiak, being the Permanent Secretary, Kwara State Government House, Shina Mudasir Akorede, being the Director of Administration and Finance, Rasaq Momonu, being the Controller of Finance and Account, Kwara State Government House, and Hafees Yusuf, being the Cashier of Kwara State Government House on or about the 14th day of February 2019 at Ilorin, Kwara State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did make a cash payment of N20,300,000 (Twenty Million, Three Hundred Thousand Naira) only to one Energy Multi-Trade Unique Interbiz Limited through the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Jimoh Sarafadeen Kolade for services rendered to Kwara State Government House, which cash sum exceeded the limitation of N10 million payable to a body corporate and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1 (b) and Punishable under section 16 of the same Act.”

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Meanwhile, the four Kwara Government officials pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.

Based on their plea, prosecuting counsel led by one Christopher Mschelia, prayed the court for a date for trial to commence as the EFCC was prepared to prove its case against the arraigned individuals.

Furthermore, Justice Ashigar of the high court in Kwara in his ruling refused the oral application for bail, and ordered the defendants to be remanded in EFCC custody.

The Judge also adjourned the case to May 8, 2019 for hearing of the formal bail application, while the trial is to commence on June 6, 2019.

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