Court sends pension fund suspect to prison

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja presided over by Justice Adamu Bello Monday remanded Sani Shuaibu, the former director of the Pension Accounts, Office of the Head of Service of the Federation of Nigeria, in Kuje prison over a N439 million pension fraud.

He was arraigned over charges of fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and concealing the illicit origin of stolen pension funds by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Four others arraigned together with him are business concerns with which Shuaibu laundered the money. They are: Badawulu Ventures Limited, Ebunu Attah Investment, Muha Millennium Motors Limited and Riba-ile Petroleum Limited.

Mr. Shuaibu is alleged to have conspired with Badawulu Ventures Ltd, Ebunu Attah Investment, and Riba-lle Petroleum Ltd to launder illegal funds derived directly from the pensions department, Office of the Head of Service of the Federation of Nigeria into the account of Muha Millennium Motors Limited. The accused allegedly used this account to purchase Brifina Hotels Limited located at Plot 1106, Cadastral Zone, BO2 Durumi District, Area 1, Abuja, at the sum of N399 million.

After reading the four count charge, counsel to the accused, S.I Ameh SAN, applied for bail for his clients, which was opposed by prosecution counsel, Godwin Obla.
Mr. Obla told the court that he strongly opposed bail for Mr. Shuaibu because he has a history of interfering with investigations and harassing potential witnesses in related cases before the same court.

Justice Adamu Bello then adjourned the matter to Wednesday May 9th , 2012 for ruling on the bail application, and ordered that the accused person be remanded in Kuje prison.

One of the charges reads: “That you, Dr. Sani Teidi Shuaibu, former Director, Pension Accounts, office of the Head of service of the Federation of Nigeria, Badawulu Ventures Limited, Ebunu Attah Investment, Muha Millennium Motors limited and Riba-lle Petroleum Limited at various times in April2009 within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired among yourselves to convert resources in the aggregate sum of Three hundred and ninety Nine Million (N399, 000, 000.00) only derived directly from an illegal act at the Pensions Department Office of the Head of Service of the Federation of Nigeria to purchase Brifina Hotels Limited, Plot 1106 cadastral zone BO2 Durumi District Area Abuja, Certificate of Occupancy No: 1807w-1cc4z-6723r-cf4eu-20, property of A.E Bright Future Motors Nig. Limited with the aim of concealing the illicit origin of the resources, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 17 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004 and punishable under Section 14 (1) (b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 200

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