33BILLION NAIRA THEFT: EFCC TO ARRAIGN ANOTHER BUHARI MINISTER TODAY

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

 

Mamman, who was a minister under 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 would be arraigned before Justice James Omotoso on 12 counts bordering on money laundering offences to the tune of N33bn.

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According to the charge sheet sighted by our correspondent on Wednesday, the former power minister was accused of conspiring with other officials of his ministry and some private companies to indirectly convert N33.8bn of funds released for the Mambilla and Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Plant Projects by the Federal Government.

 

The EFCC said the offence was contrary to Sections 18(a), 15(2)(b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended), and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.

 

It read, “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 count two, Mamman was said to have conspired with one Samson Bitrus to make a cash payment of $655,700 to Mohiba Investment Limited without going through the bank.

It read, “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 said the offence was contrary to Sections 1 and 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as Amended), and punishable under Section 16(2)(b) of the same Act.

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