June 13, 2024

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has acquitted the former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, and his two sons of N712 million money laundering charges.

Under the leadership of Adamu Waziri, the appellate court concluded that the trial court lacked the authority to hear the case due to the fact that the alleged offense did not fall within its territorial jurisdiction.

In 2015, Mr. Lamido and his sons, Aminu and Mustapha, were charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with 37 counts of money laundering.

In 2022, the EFCC presented 16 witnesses and subsequently closed its case.

In response, the defendants filed a no-case submission, contending that the prosecution had failed to present sufficient evidence before the court.

However, on September 20, 2022, the trial judge, Ijeoma Ojukwu, dismissed the no-case submission, ruling that the defendants must present their defense as she believed they had a case to answer.

Unsatisfied with the ruling, the defendants appealed the decision.

In its ruling, the Court of Appeal emphasized that the money laundering cases should have been filed in Jigawa State, where the alleged offenses were said to have taken place.

The court praised the defendants’ no-case submission, regarding it as a commendable legal argument.

As a result, the Court of Appeal proceeded to acquit Mr. Lamido and his sons, leading to their discharge from the money laundering charges.

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