N33bn fraud: Court remands ex-power minister in prison

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that a former Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, be remanded in Kuje prison in Abuja pending the consideration of his bail application.

 

Justice James Omotosho issued the order on Thursday after the court resumed Mamman’s arraignment on money laundering charge which was earlier stepped down by the judge.

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The former minister pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

 

The EFCC had filed a 12-count money laundering charge against Mamman.

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He was alleged to have committed money laundering offences to the tune of N33 billion.

 

He however pleaded not guilty to all the counts after it was read to him while docked.

 

The EFCC counsel, Olumide Fusika (SAN), sought a date for the commencement of trial.

Defendant’s lawyer, Femi Ate (SAN), however informed the court that he filed a bail application after the matter was stood down earlier in the morning.

 

“I have filed a motion on notice this morning shortly after the proceeding was stood down,” he said.

 

However, the judge replied that the matter was stood down to take the defendant’s plea and not bail application.

 

But the defendant’s lawyer urged the court to hear his application.

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