Money Laundering: Sule Lamido’s Son, Aminu Loses Appeal

Money Laundering: Sule Lamido’s Son, Aminu Loses AppealThe Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna has dismissed an appeal filed by Aminu Sule Lamido, against the decision of the Federal High Court in Kano which found him guilty of money laundering.

The suit was filed at the Kano court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

A statement on Monday by the spokesperson of the EFCC said Mr Lamido was arrested on December 11, 2012 by operatives of the EFCC, at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport on his way to Egypt for failure to declare the sum of $40,000 in the Customs Currency Declaration Form after initially declaring the statutory $10,000 to the Nigeria Custom Service.

Aminu, a 2010 graduate of Mass a Communication from the Bayero University Kano, was subsequently arraigned on February 4, 2013, on one count charge of false declaration of foreign currency.

The charge reads: “That you, Aminu Sule Lamido, on or about 11th day of December, 2012 at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano within the Jurisdiction of the Federal High Court while transporting in cash, the sum of $50,000  from Nigeria to Cairo, Egypt, falsely declare to the Nigeria Customs Service the sum of $10,000 (Ten Thousand dollars only) instead of the said sum of $50,000 as required under Section 12 of the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act Cap F34 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Section 2(3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 2(5) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011”.

Aminu was tried and consequently convicted on July 12, 2015 by a Federal High Court sitting in Kano and ordered to forfeit 25 per cent of the undeclared sum.

Dissatisfied with the judgment of the trial court, Aminu filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal, Kaduna Division, praying the Appellate Court to set aside the judgment of the lower court.

The Appellate court in its judgment delivered by Justice H.A.O Abiru upheld the decision of the lower court and resolved all issues raised against the appellant.

Nigerian Air Force Release French Aircraft

AircraftThe Nigerian Airforce has released an Antonov aircraft said to be carrying some military hardware arrested at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in the early hours of Saturday, December 6, 2014.

The aircraft was released to the French Government on Monday.

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Molusola Amosu, who authorized the release noted that even though the French Government had a block clearance for the year, it did not have the clearance to operate that category of flight in the country.

He, however, added that after thorough investigation, the aircraft was not found wanting in anyway.

He noted that the diversion was in line with standard practices world over.

On his part, the French Defence attaché explained that the aircraft was carrying helicopters and Christmas presents for its soldiers stationed in the Chadian capital.

Terror War: Police Deploy Sniffer-Dogs To Nigerian Airports

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered the immediate deployment of sniffer dogs to the Airports in Nigeria.

This, according to a statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba, is in line with international best practice.

The statement also stated that the directive was made in line with the IGP’s sworn resolve to drastically reduce crime, provide and maintain safety and security of persons, protect vulnerable and critical government infrastructures, reduce possibility of arms smuggling through the airports and generally bolster the war against terror.

At the official flag off ceremony which took place on Thursday, February 20 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the IGP, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Operations, DIG Zuokumor Michael, stated that the sniffer-dogs would, among other things, be used for detecting explosives, rescue operations, perimeter patrols, patrols of parking lots and the apprehension of offenders resisting or attempting to evade arrest.

He charged the dog handlers to respect the fundamental rights of the citizens and also work in collaboration with other security agencies towards providing effective security at the airports.

The IGP also called for the cooperation of the general public, assuring them that his administration would do all that was necessary to provide them with optimum security.

Meanwhile, the first phase of the deployment of the sniffer-dogs has commenced with the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Murtala Mohammed International Airport I and II, Lagos and Port-Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.

Others are Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, Jos Airport, as well as Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

This development is in line with the IGP’s New Year message to Nigerians, in which he promised more proactive and extensive security measures to avert any threats or potentially dangerous situations from arising or entering into the country.

Kwankwaso Decries Snub Of Indigenes For Employment At Re-modelled Kano Airport

The governor of Kano state, Mr Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has expressed his displeasure about the failure of the Ministry of Aviation to consider indigenes of Kano state in the various recruitment process that were undertaken at the newly re-modelled airport.

The governor made this known while hosting a delegation of the Ministry and Federal Airport Authority (FAAN) who paid him a visit ahead of the commissioning of the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport.

The Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, stated that “Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport has been restored to its glory. We are happy for the good support we have been receiving from the state government.”

Speaking that the commissioning ceremony, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Lamido Sanusi, stated that evolving a strong maintenance culture for the re-modelled terminals across the country is critical to their continued existence.

Sanusi, who was the special guest of honour, commissioned the remodeled section of the airport and stated that “CBN supports public officers that are doing something. There is no one that can go to Kano airport or Kaduna airport or Benin airport of Abuja airport and tell you that something is not happening.”

Mr George Uriesi, the Managing Director of FAAN revealed that Kano was the beginning of aviation history in Nigeria. “We take Kano as a strategic place in our aviation thinking”, he stated.

Princess Oduah revealed that the Ministry has awarded contract for two cargo areas, a perishable cargo area where perishable goods could be imported from the airport to other parts of the world.

EFCC arrests Jigawa governor’s son with $50,000

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday arrested Mr Aminu Lamido, son of the Jigawa state governor at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, for money laundering.

An undisclosed sum of $40,000 was found on the Governor’s son as he prepared to board an Egypt bound flight.

Sources close to the Commission said that Mr. Lamido was flagged after he declared $10,000 in his possession to agents of the Nigerian customs at the airport.

Further checks by the agents revealed that he had an additional $40,000 which he did not declare.