EXCLUSIVE: How Jigawa Governor, Sule Lamido, Received N1.3 billion Kickback from Construction Firm

Former Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State

Details have emerged on how the Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido and his sons, Aminu and Mustapha Lamido, used their positions to siphon Jigawa State funds.

A source at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC disclosed that the Commission, which launched a probe into the finances of the Jigawa State government after the governor’s eldest son, Aminu Lamido, was arrested at the Mallam Aminu Kano Airport on December 12, 2012 with undeclared $40,000, has uncovered how a major construction company, Dantata and Sawoe, paid N1.3 billion as kickback into the accounts of companies owned by Governor Lamido and his sons.

According to the source, between 2007, when Mr. Lamido assumed office, and now, Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company was awarded contracts amounting to N13.5 billion. Payments for these contracts were made by the state government to the construction firm through five banks – Zenith, Access, Diamond, Sterling and UBA.

Within the same period, according to EFCC investigation, Dantata and Sawoe paid out over N1.3 billion into the accounts of companies in which the governor and his sons — Mustapha and Aminu –have interests, specifically the accounts of Bamaina Holdings Limited where Sule Lamido is sole signatory and Speeds International Limited. Both accounts are domiciled in Unity Bank Plc.

Over N832 million was paid into these two accounts by the construction giant, while the balance of N488 million was paid into the family’s account at Access Bank.

To disguise the nature of the payments, our checks show, the construction company raised cheques in favour of Bamaina Company Nigeria Limited, Speeds International Limited and Gada Construction Limited.

The cheques raised in the names of Bamaina Company Limited and Gada Construction Limited were cleared into Bamaina Holdings account in Unity Bank even when Gada Construction Limited had no account in Unity Bank. These third party cheques amounted to over N500 million.

Investigators also found that there was no authorization, power of attorney or indemnity provided by the companies before these third party cheques were cleared.

The source also revealed that kickbacks were paid to some traditional rulers in the state by the same construction company. Those payments are also being investigated by the anti- graft agency, this newspaper understands. Our source, however, declined to name the traditional rulers involved in order not to jeopardize ongoing investigations.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt Danata and Sawoe is not the only construction company that returned ‘favours’ to the Lamido family for contracts awarded to them.

EFCC investigations also revealed  that AG Farero, a construction firm which won the contract for the construction of the state secretariat, initially for N6.66 billion, but later for N9.3 billion, after an upward review,  sub-contracted jobs to Speeds International and Bamaina Aluminium Company Limited. Both companies are owned by the Lamido family.

Other companies owned or promoted by Governor Lamido and his children also allegedly milked the state in sweetheart contract deals.

For instance, the source revealed that Aminu Lamido, who was jailed by a Federal High Court in Kano for money laundering offences, received over N1 billion from several Jigawa State establishments and agencies through his company, Saby Integrated Project Limited, between 2010 and 2013.

The company was awarded contract for the installation of street lights in various locations by the state Ministry of Transport to the tune of over N730 million. The state Universal Basic Education Board also awarded contracts of N173 million to the company, while the Small Towns Water Agency paid the same company N190 million for three separate contracts.

The source said the investigation is still ongoing, adding that no fewer than eight persons had been quizzed by the agency aside the governor and his sons. Those quizzed include the state accountant-general and some bank officials.

EFCC operatives had on November 14, 2013 arrested Mustapha Lamido in a bid to unravel the web of money laundering in which billions of naira from Jigawa State government accounts were allegedly funnelled into the accounts of companies run by the Jigawa state governor and his two sons.

Over N10 billion is said to have been transferred from Jigawa State government accounts into the accounts in which Governor Lamido and his two sons have interest from 2007 till date.

When contacted, the spokesperson for Governor Lamido, Umar Kyari, declined to comment on the allegations. Instead he referred PREMIUM TIMES to the Commissioner of Information, Babandi Ibrahim, for enquiries.

However, several calls to the commissioner’s mobile telephone were neither answered nor returned. Mr. Ibrahim also did not respond to a text message sent to him by this reporter.

Dantata and Sawoe also wouldn’t comment for this story. Our reporter visited the company’s headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday but after several hours of waiting, he was told that the Public Relations Officer of the company was unavailable for interview. He was not given any future appointment.

Efforts to contact the company through the telephone numbers listed on its website were unsuccessful, as an automated message kept saying the numbers were no longer in service.

An email to the company through the email address listed on the “ Contact Us” section of its website bounced back. An automated message said it was rejected by the server for the recipient domain — dantata-sawoe.com.


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  • loadedosy

    Thieves everywhere

  • redeem

    A very good story–well balanced ——–given the efforts made by the reporter– to get in touch with the parties involved in the scandal———-sadly this was the same APC governor —Lamido———-that obj wanted to float–to take over from President Jonathan——Nigeria has for over 54 years been run like a family business———–trillions of oil revenue unaccounted for–in the fulani north———ati south———— by the major tribes of the country–my prayer is for the road that jonathan often travels on around the country- continue to be rough————–so that he can with time be able to right the wrongs done to the nation by the blood sucking vampires parading themselves as our long awaited saviours in APC-

    • Denis_NG

      Before you start casting aspersions, what about the $20 billion that went missing from the national treasury and under the very nose of President Jonathan? That is about N3.2 trillion. So when you compare N1.3 billion to N3.2 trillion, Lamido is about 0.04 percent the thief that Jonathan is. This is a matter of baby and senior thieves, and Jonathan remains the Senior!

      • djay

        U need not to waste your time with that clown that calls himself redeem. a lot of people don’t respond to his comment.

        • Dan Arewa

          I agree, because if this REDEEM man is saying Lamido is in APC, then he need redemption.

          • Shehu

            DON’T MIND HIM, HE SURELY NEEDS REDEMPTION LONG AGO. HE IS A LIAR, A CONFUSIONIST, A BIGOT AND A MISCHIEF MAKER.

          • redeem

            is lamido not part of the 7 fulani rebel groups——what is he still doing in PDP———

          • redeem

            tralalalllllllllllllaaaaaaaaaaa

          • redeem

            is lamido ati tambuwal still with PDP—–

        • redeem

          did he beg u to respond to his———————

      • redeem

        which 20b—u have no shame–in yr regional soul-bloody thief——————–how much has yr zone been contributing to the national coffers——-just tell the nation that this what yr zone or regional made available to the CBN————-since 1960—————-Again -let us for once assume that 20b is missing–for the sake of argument–now tell us how much has accrued to Nigeria from the oil revenue since 1957 when oil was discovered-trillions of dollars–has Nigeria been able to account for all that they stole from the SS– ———–the senate said no 20b—————— is missing ——————-yet the janjawweed from the major thieving tribes in Nigeria would not allow us rest–yes the money is missing fine–so let the SS go——separation——can u–would u be able to stand alone on yr rotten two legs—————thieves

        • Denis_NG

          You are definitely an irredeemable nonentity. You don’t even know my zone and here you are yapping your head off. However, you are rather the one without shame. By virtue of what the oil in your backyard got there? Is it through your intelligence or stroke of luck? I am tired when I heard empty barrels like you yarning nonsense about “our God given oil”. You have to be ashamed of yourself. Besides, more than 70 percent of the oil reserves is located offshore, which according to the Nigerian constitution belongs to Nigeria, and until that constitution is amended to state otherwise, that shall remain the case.

          Since you threw a question at me, let me pose one to you as well: How many manufacturing establishments are in your zone. What have you contributed either personally or collectively within your zone to the commonwealth of Nigeria besides the gift of nature that neither you nor your ancestors put there? If you claim the oil is yours, why don’t you start exploring it as your personal property? I really can’t stand you and your fellow bigoted regional nonentities that spew hate on a daily basis polarizing the country along ethnic and religious lines. What can you lay claim to as a direct contribution to your zone, let alone the nation? You need to do a thorough soul searching about your attitudes. I am not one who’s wont to brag about something that is not a direct labor of my hands nor indirectly of my ancestors. Oil is a gift of nature, just as the air that you breath or the water that you drink and it’s high time you stopped bragging about something you neither know anything of its origin nor possess the mental capability to retrieve outside the help of outsiders.

          I tend to follow and comment on events without reverting to invectives or undue name calling. As such, if you want to engage me directly, do so on an intellectual ground but not pedestrian.

      • redeem

        @wahala————-the seven aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party have announced their decision to merge with the All Progressives Congress.

        The governors, at the meeting they had with the leadership of the APC in Abuja on Tuesday, said their decision was aimed at rescuing the country.

        A former Acting National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, announced the decision after the meeting, which was held at Kano Governor’s Lodge in Abuja.

        Among the governors at the meeting were that of Rivers (Rotimi Amaechi), Kano(Rabiu Kwankwanso), Adamawa(Murtala Nyako), Kwara(Badulfatah Ahmed) and Niger(Dr. Babangida Aliyu).

        The governors of Jigawa and Sokoto states, Sule Lamido and Aliyu Wamakko respectively were absent.

        Baraje said the governors were part of the decision.

    • Enemona

      Has Lamido left PDP?

      • Man_Enough

        he is still there. he said he will never leave it for anybody.

    • Saadiana – Ankpa

      lamido is with APC now? lol…. you are sinking bro…
      hahahaha

    • Dan Arewa

      Wawa !! Lamido is a life long PDP member. No space for Lamido in APC.

    • Shehu

      IGNORANT LIAR!!! WHEN DID LAMIDO BECOME APC GOVERNOR?

      • redeem

        The democrat rebel governors in question are: Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Sule Lamido (Jigawa) and Magatakarda Wamako (Sokoto).

        Shortly after the botched Nigeria governors’ forum election on the 24th of May 2013, the above named governors have literally and apparently relocated to Abuja.

        Since that 24th of May 2013, these five nasty governors have become a CLOG in the wheel of Nigerian democracy. They have virtually absent themselves from their duty posts without leave. But their various Houses of Assembly cannot dream of impeaching them because all the House members are their boys.This New Nation called Nigeria, should be an estate of our great grandfather, Uthman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a change of power. We use the minorities in the North as willing tools, and the South, as conquered territory and never allow them to rule OVER us, and never allow them to have control over their future.” —Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sokoto in THE PARROT of October 12, 1960.

        • Shehu

          YOU SEE THAT’S WHY I CALL YOU A CONFUSIONIST AND A BIGOT. YOU ARE JUST CONTRADICTING YOURSELF. YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO SHOW OTHER THAN BIGOTRY. IF WE REALLY HAD AN EFFECTIVE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, YOUR DUMBO EBOLA OGOGORO BRAIN WOULD HAVE BEEN KICKED AWAY BY NOW. HIS DUMBNESS AND INCOMPETENCE ARE CLEARLY EVIDENT FOR EVERYBODY TO SEE. A WORLD ACKNOWLEDGED FAILURE.

  • Onyeze

    @redeem:
    First, this has nothing to do with party affiliation. A thief is thief regardless of the political party he or she belongs to. Secondly, check your fact, Sule Lamido is a PDP governor. GEJ is just as corrupt as this governor. Neither is fit to continue in office.

    • redeem

      what do u mean PDP governors————–when was APC created by the rebe fulani governors

  • djay

    that’s why he refused to join Apc becos he knew if he leaves Pdp the govt will come after him. Its sad nothing will happen to him and his sons n as usual its all a family affair.

    • Bunduma Mohammed

      This is pdp primaries clearly being displayed. Same GEJ who is protecting Diezani who stole billions of dollars is now hunting Sule Lamido because of his resolve to contest 2015 primaries with GEJ. Nigerians must this time do osun for pdp as it is out to only finish Nigeria

      • redeem

        did obasanjo not protect late rilwanu lukumanu

      • redeem

        how much did sanusi yr brother the emnir of kano steal———–165b

      • uduakomiri

        GEJ is not protecting Deziani, he is protecting his crooked interest. Why is it so difficult for Nigerians to understand that the Nigerian president is also the petroleum minister. The main ministry of petroleum operates from Jonathan’s office. Everything Deziani is doing is done by Jonathan’s inner caucus including pashe (thug of a wife) and Deziani only takes the left overs to hold body. That’s why no Nigerian petroleum minister has ever had a falling out with a Nigerian sitting president because what the tongue tastes the mouth licks

      • Garden-City Boy

        You keep saying those lies about Diezani. Who ever told you she stole something? Do you have any verifiable receipts to prove? Obasanjo was petroleum minister for 8 years, but you are all afraid to speak out on how he more than abused the thing. By the way, and as i keep saying to those of you who care to listen, is OIL the same as KWULI-KWULI da JEDA?
        When Norherners pocketed all the groundnuts, kwulu-kwuli money, cow and chicken sales, nobody complains and everybody is happy, and it is in the interest of one NAJERIYA. Why are you all so tensed up and paranoid over other people taking from what is theirs? Are you not all greedy, parasitic thieves? Is that the reason you are called leeches?

  • Godfrey Etokebe

    Wonders shall never end!!! Lamido of Jigawa that Obasanjo presented to the world as the only remaining POLITICAL SAINT in Nigeria that should wrestle power from GEJ_ IS A THIEF?

    • Ayemi

      Naija don come again oooo! POLITICAL SAINT for naija eh !!! I beg, make una to talk abot saint. Obasanjo himself, wetin he be? No be thief? Abi wetin you wan call am?

  • Ken

    Great work PT…more of this please.

  • emm

    The dantata company should be sanction, because they are part and parcel of the corruption…

    • redeem

      that is where dangote grew up from

  • Wähala

    Great job PT… Now, move over and investigate the N20bn swallowed by frog-eyes, Babangida Aliyu of Niger State…
    That was the information Dr. Ebolami Jona Dumbo used to flog both Aliyu and Sule into line that caused them not to defect with the other G7 Governors… blackmail by a corrupt creek crook parading himself as Presido. A serious government would have sanctioned Cocharis, Dantata, and all those Lebanese companies they front to steal our treasury dry. Thieves!

    • redeem

      let them start with the 100m OBJ gave emeka offor to fix the refineries———————the senate has already cleared her———happily its her oil revenue—-it has nothing to do with the fake cotton ati cocoa

    • redeem

      they will do us a world of good to tell us if it was true that the british caught Zik stealing our money in ACB

    • redeem

      @shehu—-The democrat rebel governors in question are: Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Sule Lamido (Jigawa) and Magatakarda Wamako (Sokoto).
      Shortly after the botched Nigeria governors’ forum election on the 24th of May 2013, the above named governors have literally and apparently relocated to Abuja with a view to becoming a thorn in the flesh of the president.
      Since that 24th of May 2013, these nasty thieving Fulani governors have become a CLOG in the wheel of Nigerian democracy. They have virtually absent themselves from their duty posts without leave. But their various Houses of Assembly cannot dream of impeaching them because all the House members are their boys.This New Nation called Nigeria, should be an estate of our great grandfather, Uthman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a change of power. We use the minorities in the North as willing tools, and the South, as conquered territory and never allow them to rule OVER us, and never allow them to have control over their future.” —Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sokoto in THE PARROT of October 12, 1960.

  • Ladi

    So, Lamido is a thief too? Now, I know.

  • Abate Dokpu

    Thieves and thieves everywhere. I wonder what they want to do with the money. Thank God that they cannot use their loot to buy death. Uduaghan, Ibori, their wives and cronies have stolen hundreds of billions of Naira from Delta state. Yet they are not satisfied. They continue to steal and will continue to steal. They continue to steal believing that more money will give them happiness but they will never find happiness in their lives. And guess what, they too will die one day and they will be buried in six feet graves, whether they own all the money or properties in Nigeria or the the entire world. Sule Lamido and his co-travelers will die and rot in hell. I know that Jonathan and his PDP will never prosecute them or any other person because they are all birds of the same feather and will protect them as song as they remain in PDP. Yet, one is comforted by the fact that nothing lasts forever. Whether Sule Lamido likes it or not, whether Uduaghan likes it or not, whether Jonathan likes it or not, whether Akpabio likes it or not, whether Alison Madueke likes it or not, their reign shall pass. We pray that those that will come after them are not of the same mould. One day, just one day, the day of reckoning will come.

    • uduakomiri

      The bible says ‘No evil deed shall go unpunished’
      Even if these thieves live free by the bent rules of Jonathan’s government or their groups of friends and party, the unforgiving law of karma will never let them walk away without the hammer of natural justice.

  • Dan Arewa

    Lamido is a political prof on the wrong side of history. Look, this issue of stealing and so on will continue as long as Ebola “J” and PDPigs are around. This same Lamido was fooling people that he will join APC. For where, he cannot leave the PIGS for a DAY. Why, ask Premium Times ! UOOOO lala !!

  • UYI111

    Nigerian journalist use to be the source of investigative news like these in the time past but now they has been reduce to mere political tools tell me what Del Giwa dies for in Nigeria ?.Thank you Efcc for this piece keep it up .

  • Pius

    Is a progressive governor!

    • Man_Enough

      pdp governor.

  • Dankasa

    So Dantata’s & Swao should be sanctioned because they are party to this mess, ko? but why Otidola was not crusified when he was clearly instrumental and central to Faruk Lawan Saga?? emm, don’t be sentimental. Lamido is only wrong because he swear by his forefathers that he is gonna contest PDP Presidential primary with Ebola Jona.

  • Ayemi

    Can somebody tell me the difference between sule lamido’s family and abacha’s family? Can this nation move an inch at all? When a state governor alone stole all this huge amount, what will then be the fate of the masses of this nation? The whole state of jigawa has to stand against this criminals. Like father like sons. Useless family. Thank you EFCC.

    • uduakomiri

      Where is ACF and all the bullshit northern elders groups? Where are all the Islamic clerics, the supreme Islamic council of the anus, and the northern blahblahblah youth forums that threaten fire and brimstone if anyone toys with the north, oya over to una.
      Shay una no go talk abi? Where is Boko Haram that claims it is fighting for a sharia state? No be this kind thiefs una suppose dey use prove to everybody say true true una dey follow wetin mohammed the violent thug of allah dey talk?
      No one in the north will come out to whine mouth nah. Mumu people

      • YABAGI

        Animal, learn to have respect for God’s Prophet and other peoples religion!! No Muslim above have talk ill of anybody’s religion or Prophet. Indeed Islam will never support theft, loot, embarrassment, bribery or corruption of any kind. Don’t associate bad characters of any Muslim with Islam nor to the teaching of our Noble Prophet, the epitome of good Morals and Moral Standards. After all, no Muslim will be right to say the same against Christianity nor Jesus for the bad characters of some Christians like your boss GEJ!!!

        • uduakomiri

          which one be god’s prophet? That blood thirsty rapist mohammed abi? Abeg make we hear word. Muslims in Iraq killing muslims and Christians yet not one muslim has come out to condemn it, same in Syria, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Indonesia, Kenya, Somalia, Iran, in fact all over the place. This thief governor has been stealing from his people, fellow muslims, none of them will say anything, but if anybody from the south says one small thing na so all these mumu northern elders and northern youth councils go begin make mouth. Arseholes

          • Garden-City Boy

            Mullahs are all that way. They are all hypocrites and liars. They even lie to themselves. They want sharia as a decoy to molest non-mullahs in their midst. So, if you are waiting for Lamido’s leg to be amputated from his groin area, you may have to wait forever. His almajiri subjects he gives sadaka every Friday even see him as another prophet mohamed, and you dare not say anithing against their “RANKA IDEDE”.Awusa man is not like you or me; he is a totally different animal.

        • uduakomiri

          Dis thief na sharia governor, give him sharia treatment nah

    • umunnem

      PT should also do an expose on Peter Obi as this was his Modus operandi. He openly received kickbacks from contractors and even said so publicly and claimed he put the bribe money back into government coffers…story!. Why is Lamido different? Because he is the only serious contender to Jonathan in the PDP. Abeg make I hear word

    • Garden-City Boy

      It is premature to thank EFCC. They have not even made an arrest, let alone detention of a wide-eyed thief and those wharf-rats he calls sons. One cell should be designed for all three, such that they keep throwing glances at each other, while saying nothing to each other and asking allah for their release. This is what they learned from their uncle, ABACHA.

  • Alhaji

    He is a muslim. That is one of the evil things he learns from Mohammed in Mecca. He is Obasanjo’s president.

    • JESUS.FATHER.RIDE.ANUS

      gay go to jesus to screw your ass.

    • JESUS.FATHER.RIDE.ANUS

      1 he is mohammad not “med”
      2 it is makka not “mecca” learn it Christ gay follower

  • JESUS.FATHER.RIDE.ANUS

    This story is a campaign to Mr. Dumbo by EFCC a war tool of government against opposition. Sule lamido is the only contender to Jonathan for the PDP presidential ticket.

  • Alhaji

    If these arabs’ animals, or northern muslims are fighting for their allah, how come they never cut Alhaji Lamido’s hands for looting the state’s treasury dry?

  • uduakomiri

    Tomorrow these same northern politicians will come out to claim that the north is poor while they are busy stealing state funds and converting same to personal use.

  • zygote

    A clear hatchet job! All because of 2015. Now, tell us of Jonathan.

  • Yakubu

    I didn’t know that Lamido is a thief. And, this is a man that Obasanjo has been try to install President of Nigeria. Lamido, ole, barawo!

  • wode

    What’s new about this type of story? May be because it’s Lamido in this case. But, who among the Governors (past and present), The President and other political office holders is clean of this? It’s a well-known open-secret that, one of the biggest ways they stole money is by inflation of contract sum. We only hear about those of them that are (seen to be working) against the Government at the center who is in total control of the Federal might.

    The message to all of them is that, “there is God o!” and He is watching over everyone of us. Accountability with consequences would come One Day!

  • Onu Kaycee F

    I just thought i share these with you guys !!! I saw these on my way back from work . This was taken in Woodbury,Minnesota ,U.S.

  • Easy

    You are running away as usual. Just answer my question, Shegen Liar!

  • Amina Ahmadu

    That is nothing compared to what Dezieni is stealing every month

    • trippi

      She is stealing from the commonwealth of her people. Lamido is stealing from the stipend given by the FG.

  • Garden-City Boy

    In spite of all that, the thieving awusa man still walks the streets unfazed, rather than cool his heels in the EFCC chilling room. And that’s OBasnjo’s man for president of Nigeria. Now, what are we waiting for?

  • Amina Ahmadu

    You mean to tell me the oil belongs to a particular tribe? If that is the case, lamidos alleged stealing has nothing to do with you. Two You are ignorant of what the word Federal Rebublic of Nigeria even means. And Deziane and Jonatan are the biggest thieves Nigeria has ever seen

    • Garden-City Boy

      They are not stealing from groundnut and kwuli-kwuli money, or from cow sales money. Can’t you get that little stuff through your thick skull? You keep thinking that the oil belongs to awusa people or that you have a legitimate share in it; and that’s your ignorant mistake. The moment you realize that the oil in which you would gladly drown is in someone else’s land, then your misery will be over.

  • kariyoung

    Thats why Lamido cant leave the pdp because he knows that what happend to nyako will happen to him. So as a sharia state Lamido should give given the justice he deserve and also the pdp in Jigawa House of assembly must impeach Lamido.

  • MonamiAK47

    All dis politicians are all d same, when will we ever get it right in this country?

  • jossy

    we do not have serious government yet.