The Court of Appeal, Kano Division, has reserved judgement in an interlocutory appeal filed by a former Kano State Governor, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau challenging the ruling of the Federal High court Kano which upheld that EFCC has a case in a N950 million election money linked to him and others.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has established a prima facie case of alleged money laundering to the tune of 950 million Naira against the former Governor and former minister of foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali in the Kano Federal High Court.
Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau was alongside former minister of foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Bashir wali and engineer Mansur Ahmad appealed against the ruling of Justice Lewis Allagoa of the Federal High court Kano which overruled no case submission of the 3 defendants and ordered them to open their defense.
The Court upheld that the counsel to EFCC established a prima facie case of alleged money laundering to the tune of N950 million against the three defendants.
Against this background, Mallam Shekarau and two other defendants appealed against the ruling of Justice Allagoa which was delivered on the 23 September, 2019.
When the matter resumed today before the court of Appeal, Kano Division, counsel to the appellants, Barrister Adamu Fagge argued that there was no case of money laundering, stressing that Aminu wali received the money through a financial institution.
He prayed the court to dismiss the ruling of the Federal High court Kano in his submission in the point of law.
However, Counsel to EFCC, Barr C.O Ugoh said there were irregularities in the transaction between the bank and the Aminu Wali, stating that due process was not observed, urging the court to dismiss the appeal and affirm the ruling of the Federal High Court, Kano.
It could be recalled that Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau was arraigned alongside Aminu Bashir wali and Mansur Ahmad on May 24, 2018 for allegedly collecting the sum of N950 million Naira from the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deizani Alison Maduekwe to distribute to PDP members in Kano during the 2015 presidential election.