Court discharges Sule Lamido, Son of all money laundering charges by EFCC
The court of appeal has delivered a judgment on the appeal of no-case submission by former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, and his son, Mustapha Sule Lamido.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had charged them on multiple counts of money laundering involving N712,008,035 nine years ago.
In today’s ruling, the Court of Appeal cleared both Sule Lamido and his son of all charges, overturning the previous ruling of the Federal High Court in Abuja. Let’s delve into the details of the case and the reasons behind the Court of Appeal’s decision.
On Tuesday, Justice Adamu Waziri, the presiding judge, delivered the lead judgment in the Court of Appeal, ruling in favor of Sule Lamido and his son, Mustapha Sule Lamido.
The judgment stated that the appeal was resolved against the respondent, EFCC, and in favor of the appellant, Sule Lamido.
As a result, the ruling of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which previously stated that Sule Lamido and his co-defendants had a case to answer regarding the money laundering charges, was set aside and discharged.
One of the crucial factors that contributed to the Court of Appeal’s decision was the issue of territorial jurisdiction.
Justice Adamu Waziri pointed out that the Federal High Court in Abuja, where the case was originally heard, did not have the territorial jurisdiction where the alleged offense was committed.
Consequently, the court lacked the authority to proceed with the trial, leading to the dismissal of all charges against Sule Lamido and his son.
Background of the Case:
The EFCC had initially charged Sule Lamido and his two sons, Aminu Sule Lamido and Mustapha Sule Lamido, along with four companies – Bamaina Company Nigeria Limited, Bamaina Aluminium Limited, Speeds International Limited, and Batholomew Darlignton Agoha – on money laundering charges amounting to N712,008,035.
The Federal High Court in Abuja, where the trial was conducted, had previously rejected Sule Lamido’s no-case submission, indicating that the defendants had a case to answer. However, this ruling was subsequently challenged, leading to the appeal at the Court of Appeal.
Implications of the Ruling:
The Court of Appeal’s decision discharging Sule Lamido and his son from all charges has significant implications.
It clears the name of the former governor and his son, bringing an end to the legal battle they have been facing for alleged money laundering.
The ruling also highlights the importance of proper jurisdiction in legal proceedings, as the lack of territorial jurisdiction became a pivotal factor in the case.
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