N43m scam: EFCC closes case against ex-minister, Hassan Lawal

A former Minister of Works and Housing, Hassan Lawal, used a former bank staff to launder N43.4 million naira, the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, alleged in its submission to a Federal High Court, Abuja.

The EFCC on Monday closed its submission, in court, on money laundering charges it made against the former minister.

The counsel to the EFCC, Wahab Shittu, had told the court that the accused used one Adesanya Adewale, an ex-staff of a bank to launder
the money.

The counsel said that all the prosecution witnesses had testified that the deposits were made in three transactions of N3 million, N4 million
and N8.9 million at different times.

Mr. Shittu further submitted that one of the witnesses had shown to the court how the ex-minister conspired with Mr. Adewole to effect other transactions of N15 million and N12.5 million.

The counsel had argued that the transactions were meant to be concealed from the public.

Counsel to the embattled ex-minister, Ibrahim Ishiaku, had insisted that the deposits were genuine transactions made by his client as
payment for a housing loan procured from the bank.

Mr. Lawal is standing trial on allegations of misappropriation of funds meant for the rehabilitation of the Guto-Bagana Bridge, across River Benue.

The anti-graft body had charged the ex-minister and Mr. Adewole for illegally moving monies that were not traceable to any sources.

Mr. Shittu explained that the action was a contravention of the Money Laundering Act 2004.

The presiding justice, Adamu Bello, adjourned the case to December 6, when Mr. Lawal will open his defense.


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