N950m PDP campaign fund: No case submission won't save you, judge tells Shekarau, Wali, Mansur
A Federal High court sitting in Kano, on Monday, ordered former Kano state governor, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bashir Aminu Wali and former Director-General to Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign Organization in the 2015 Presidential election, Eng Ahmed Mansur to defend the N950 million money laundry allegation levied against the trio by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The court presided over by Justice Lewis Amburus Allagoa, said the no-case submission made by the accused persons is not cogent enough to convince the court to grant their request for the dismissal of allegations against them.
According to the court, the prosecution does not need to tender adequate evidence to convince the court on the case of prima facie.
Having heard the submissions made by the prosecution and counsel to the accused persons, Justice Lewis said the court is of the belief that a case of prima facie has been established against, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau and two others.
Earlier, the EFCC had instituted a case against the trio before the court, bordering on money laundering and violation of anti-graft laws.
The anti-graft agency told the court that the accused persons, during the 2015 presidential elections collected the sum of N950 million from the Peoples Democratic Party alleging that the monies collected in batches violated the provisions of the law.
Furthermore, the prosecution alleged that Senator Shekarau in the company of the other accused persons disbursed the monies collected through channels that allegedly contravened the provisions of Nigeria’s Money Laundering Act.
After denying all the charges levelled against them, the trio, Shekarau, Wali, and Mansur, urged the court to admit their plea for a no-case submission.
Besides ruling against their plea of no-case submission, the court further ordered the accused persons to return their international travelling documents, earlier released to them on health grounds to the jurisdiction of the court.
Meanwhile, the case has been adjourned to November 18th-19 for the commencement of defence by the accused persons.