The Federal High Court in Kano State has discharged and acquitted a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali, who was accused of receiving N950 million as campaign fund from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2015 presidential election.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Mr Wali and Mansur Ahmed on three counts of the allegation, saying the act contravened Section 1 of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011.
Delivering the judgment on Friday, the trial judge Lewis Allagoa, said the prosecution failed to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Thereafter, he discharged and acquitted the defendants.
The House of Representatives has summoned Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Aminu Wali, to appear before its Foreign Affairs Committee.
This is on the back of Nigeria’s abstention from the United Nations’ vote for the recognition of Palestinian independence.
Lawmaker Aminu Sulaiman, who moved the motion, said that it was intriguing for Nigeria to back out of voting for the recognition of a Palestinian state despite its initial assurance of supporting their democratic course during the voting.
He added that Nigeria was at the forefront in the fight against apartheid and in the independence of South Africa since our independence and has a foreign policy which is hinged on standing on the side of oppressed people.
President Goodluck Jonathan would on Sunday leave for Washington DC to participate in a three-day US-African Leaders Summit hosted by President Barrack Obama.
President Jonathan would join President Obama and about 50 other participating African leaders for discussions that are expected to lead to greater progress in key areas such as expanding trade and investment ties, promoting inclusive sustainable development and expanding cooperation on peace and security.
In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, the Summit, which is the first of its kind between an American President and African Heads of State and government, is expected to greatly strengthen ties between the United States, Nigeria and other African countries.
In addition to three special sessions on “Investing in Africa’s Future”, “Peace and Regional Stability” and “Governing the Next Generation”, the summit would also feature side-events such as the US-Africa Business Forum which has the objectives of boosting efforts to strengthen trade and financial ties between the United States and Africa, creating partnerships that will accelerate job creation, and encouraging even more American investments in Nigeria and other African countries.
President Jonathan is also scheduled to hold meetings in Washington with key US political, security and business leaders on the sidelines of the summit to discuss the further expansion of bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and the United States in other areas including the war against terrorism.
The President will be accompanied to the summit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali; the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; the Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga; the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo and the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.)