The immediate past Governor of Jigawa, Sule Lamido, has arrived Kano to face corruption charges pressed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
He was escorted by EFCC operatives and is awaiting his arraignment in a Kano holding facility. He is facing prosecution over an alleged N1.3 billion he received from a construction company, Dantata and Sawoe, as a 10 percent kickback for contracts the firm won. The money was paid into the accounts of companies owned by Mr. Lamido and his sons.
EFCC is also charging his sons.
He was originally scheduled to be escorted to Kano a day before but returned to EFCC holding facility in Abuja from the airport after logistics failed.
Details obtained by this paper showed how between 2007, when Mr. Lamido assumed office, and 2014, Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company was awarded contracts amounting to N13.5 billion.
Payments for the 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 a probe of the transactions by the EFCC, 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.
PREMIUM TIMES have obtained pictures of the arrival.