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EFCC to arraign ex-power minister, Mamman, for cash laundering Thursday

A former Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman will likely be arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday, July 11, 2024.

Mamman, who was a minister below former President Muhammadu Buhari from 2019 to 2021, was sacked by Buhari alongside the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, in September 2021.

Mamman was arrested by EFCC operatives in May 2023.

He can be arraigned earlier than Justice James Omotoso on 12 counts bordering on cash laundering offences to the tune of N33bn.

According to the cost sheet sighted by our correspondent on Wednesday, the previous energy minister was accused of conspiring with different officers of his ministry and a few personal firms to not directly convert N33.8bn of funds launched for the Mambilla and Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Plant Projects by the Federal Government.

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The EFCC mentioned the offence was opposite to Sections 18(a), 15(2)(b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended), and punishable below Section 15(3) of the identical Act.

It learn, “That you, Saleh Mamman (male), sometime in 2019, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this court, whilst you were the Minister of Power, conspired with other officials of your ministry and some private companies to indirectly convert the total sum of N=33,804,830,503.73 through various private companies which sums you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of unlawful activity, to wit: criminal breach of trust about the funds released for the Mambilla and Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Plant Projects by the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

In rely two, Mamman was mentioned to have conspired with one Samson Bitrus to make a money fee of $655,700 to Mohiba Investment Limited with out going by means of the financial institution.

It learn, “That you, Saleh Mamman (male), sometime in December 2019, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this court, conspired with Samson Bitrus to make a cash payment of US$655,700:00 to Mohiba Investment Ltd. (acting through Mohammed Asheik Jidda), without going through a financial institution.”

The EFCC mentioned the offence was opposite to Sections 1 and 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as Amended), and punishable below Section 16(2)(b) of the identical Act.

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