Tuesday, 30 May 2017
EFCC re-arraigns ex-FCT Minister’s son for N1.2bn fraud
He was also alleged to have deliberately concealed the sum of $32,512.44 and €17.45 in the same bank but with different account numbers, while declaring his assets, an offence contrary to the EFCC Act, and punishable by same. He also allegedly “without going through a financial institution made cash payment of N200 million only to Faruk Saleh at Abuja as payment for purchase of House 2A, No 7 Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja, which exceeded the statutory limit”, an offence contrary to the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 as amended in 2012.
He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges when they were read to him.
His counsel, Chris Uche, SAN thereafter urged the court to allow him continue to enjoy the bail earlier granted to him on February 3, 2017 two days after he was first arraigned.
Uche, further requested for time to study the amended charge dated May 25, 2017, which he said he was “only being served” by the prosecution.
Ikani did not oppose his application for bail.
Justice Dimgba has adjourned to June 26, 2017 for “continuation of hearing”