FORMER Governor of Adamawa state, Mr Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri was yesterday sent to Kuje prison in Abuja on remand by a Federal High Court pending the determination of his bail application. Fintiri was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) along with a private company Mayim Constructions and Properties Limited on a five count charge bordering on money laundering and bribery. He was said to have defrauded the Adamawa state government to the tune of N970 million and another $4.830m dollars while he held sway as the chief executive of the state for three months. The defendant, however, denied all the charges. His counsel, Mahmud Magaji SAN applied for his bail on the grounds that the alleged offence was a bailable one. Magaji premised his argument for bail on section 35 subsection 6 of the 1999 Constitution which presumes his client innocent until proven guilty. He also relied on sections 158 and 163 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, in urging the court to admit the defendant to bail. “We rely on these sections in seeking the order of the court to admit the defendant to bail pending the determination of the case. “At this stage, the accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the prosecution. “Also bail is discretionary and prior to the arraignment of the defendant, he had been on administrative bail of the EFCC. “Part of the requirement of the bail was that the defendant had to deposit his international passport with the EFCC.” Magaji assured the court that Fintiri would not jump bail and that he would always be available to defend himself. He, therefore urged the court to admit his client to bail. In opposing the bail application, the prosecuting counsel, Mr Peters Aso referred the court to a document filed by the defense concerning a medical issue of the defendant. Aso in his argument said that it appeared that Fintiri had lied on oath since the date which he said the doctor examined him was different from the date he said the doctor told him of his ailment. The prosecuting counsel said that although he was not a medical personnel, he believed that one was examined before he was told of his health. Aso prayed the court to deny the bail application on the grounds that he was sure the defendant would not come for trial if granted bail. Trail judge Justice Ahmed Mohammed however fixed ruling on the bail application for Friday July 1. Part of the charges were “that you, Ahmadu Umaru (Alias Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri) and Mayin Construction and Properties Ltd on or about October 2, 2014 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this court did indirectly disguise the origin of the sum of N80,000.000.00 only transferred from an account number 0313000301 domiciled at Eco Bank Plc operated by Timeplex Nigeria into account number 5742019591 domiciled at Eco Bank Plc operated by Mayim Construction and properties Ltd which sum you know is proceeds of an unlawful act; to wit: bribery and corruption and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2), (a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable under section 15(3) and (4) of the same Act. That you, Ahmadu Umaru (Alias Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri) and Mayin Construction and Properties Ltd on or about October 2, 2014 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this court did indirectly disguise the origin of the sum of N120,000.000.00 only transferred from an account number 0313000301 domiciled at Eco Bank Plc operated by Timeplex Nigeria into account number 5742019591 domiciled at Eco Bank Plc operated by Mayim Construction and properties Ltd which sum you know is proceeds of an unlawful act; to wit: bribery and corruption and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2), (a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable under section 15(3) and (4) of the same Act. That you, Ahmadu Umaru (Alias Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri) sometimes in July 2015 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this court did without using Financial Institution make cash payment of N220,000.000.00 only to Hashim Dikko for the purchase of plot number 7 Gana Street, Maitama Abuja and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable under section 16 (2) (b) of the same Act. That you, Ahmadu Umaru (Alias Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri) and Mayim Construction and properties Ltd on or about the 9th October, 2014 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this court did indirectly disguise the origin of the aggregate sum of N550, 000.000.00 through a term loan of twelve months purportedly granted to you by ECO Bank Plc for the acquisition of a tea plantation farm from Nigeria Agricultural bank as acting Governor of Adamawa State from sum which you know form part of proceeds of an unlawful act; to wit: bribery and corruption and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2), (a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable under section 15(3) and (4) of the same Act. That you, Ahmadu Umaru (Alias Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri) and Mayim Construction and properties Ltd between the 3rd of June 2014 and August 2015 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this court did retain in your US Dollars account number 5742019601 domicile at Eco bank plc the aggregate sum of $4,830.000.00 550, 000.000.00 which you know form part of proceeds of an unlawful act; to wit: bribery and corruption and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2), (a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable under section 15(3) and (4) of the same Act


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