One Mr. Murtala Mohammed ran out of luck yesterday when men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Sokoto zonal office, arrested him with N60 million naira cash, following intelligence report of his suspicious money laundering activities.
The suspect who is alleged to be a brother to secretary to the Zamfara state government, Professor Abdullahi Shinkafi, was arrested at No.145 Igala Housing Estate, Off Byepass road, Gusau, Zamfara state, by the operatives of EFCC and the following Items were recovered from him at the point of arrest : one Black Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Jeep with registration number DKA 67 PX Kaduna loaded with 4 bags of Ghana Must go containing One thousand Naira note of N15 million naira each, totalling to N60 million naira.
Others include one single barrel gun; one locally made revolve pistol, 25 rounds of cartridges and 12 rounds of 12.9mm live ammunition. The EFCC says he will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.
Meanwhile, the EFCC has vowed to challenge the acquittal of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, Robert Azibaola, by the Federal High Court in Abuja, of the $40 million laundering charges filed against him. The anti-graft agency, which described the acquittal of the ex-president’s cousin as unfortunate, said it would study the judgement thoroughly and take necessary steps to appeal the court’s judgement.
Azibaola, his wife identified as Stella and their company, One Plus Holdings Nigeria Limited, were charged for alleged diversion of $40 million meant for the supply of tactical communication kits for special forces. Justice Nnamdi Dimgba had ruled that there was no credible evidence that Azibaola was guilty of the money laundering allegation against him.