Mugshot Of Mukhtar Yero, Nuhu Somo Wya, Abubakar Haruna Gaya, Hamza Ishaq

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC

Kaduna office, today May 31, 2018 arraigned the

former Executive Governor of Kaduna State Mukhtar

Ramalan Yero; former Minister of State, Nuhu Somo

Wya; former People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Kaduna

State Chairman, Abubakar Haruna Gaya and the former

Secretary to the State Government, Hamza Ishaq.

They were arraigned before Justice S.M Shuaibu of the

Federal High Court Kaduna on a Four Count charge

bordering on Criminal Conspiracy, Bribery, Money

Laundering and Criminal Diversion of Funds to the

tune of N7000,000,000 (Seven Hundred Million Naira)

only.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges. Lead

prosecution counsel, Joshua Saidi then prayed the

Court for a date for commencement of trial, while

remanding the accused persons in prison custody.

Lead defence counsel, Yunus Ustaz Usman (SAN)

made application for bail orally but Justice Shuaibu

refused. The Court ruled that formal applications for

bail of the accused must be filed. He therefore

adjourned the matter to the 6th of June, 2018 for

hearing of bail application. He also ruled that the

accused be remanded in prison custody.

Their arraignment followed a petition alleging criminal

diversion of One Hundred and Fifteen Million Dollars

equivalent to Twenty Three Billion, Two Hundred and

Ninety Nine Million, Seven Hundred and Five

Thousand Naira (N 23, 299,705,000.00) NNPC

missing funds some years ago by the former Minister

of Petroleum Resources Mrs Diezani Alison Madueke.

The missing sum was later traced to have funded the

bribing of officials across the 36 state of the

federation for the 2015 presidential election through

Fidelity Bank.

Investigations into the case has so far revealed that

the over Twenty Billion Naira was wired to some top

PDP and INEC officials across the country which was

specifically disbursed through various branches of the

Fidelity Bank with Kaduna State benefitting over N800

million (Eight Hundred Million Naira) only in two

instalments of N700,000,000 and N190,000,000.

The sum was received and acknowledged by Nuhu

Somo Waya, Abubakar Gaya Haruna and Hamza Ishaq

on behalf of the State for onward sharing to INEC staff

spread across the 23 Local Government Areas in

Kaduna State.

Count one of the charge reads: “that you, Mukhtar

Ramalan Yero (Whilst being the Executive Governor of

Kaduna State ), Nuhu Somo Wya (Whilst being a former

Minister of the Fedearl Republic of Nigeria), Ishaq

Hamza (whilst being the Secretary to the Kaduna State

Government) and Abubakar Gaya Haruna (Whilst being

the Chairman PDP Kaduna State Chapter), sometime in

2015 in Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this

Honourable Court (Federal High Court) did conspire

amongst yourselves to commit a crime to wit: indirectly

taking possession of the of N700, 000, 000 (seven

hundred million Naira) which you ought to have known

forms part of unlawful activity to wit: bribery and

thereby committed an offence contrary to Section

18(a)of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011

(as ammended) in 2012 and punishable under Section

15(3) of the Same Act.”

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