Gov’s son arrested for alleged money laundering, under-declaring forex

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From Desmond Mgboh, Kano

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested the eldest son of Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Lamido over alleged case of money laundering.

Aminu Sule Lamido, it was gathered, was arrested on Tuesday night on his way to board an Egypt Airline.

He is believed to be on his way to Cairo, the capital of Egypt.

Daily Sun gathered that he was held having been found in possession of $40,000 (N7.5 million), an amount which was said to be in excess of the authorized $10,000 allowed by law for travellers on a trip abroad.

Spokesman of the commission, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the report, saying Alhaji Aminu Lamido had been taken into custody.

He also confirmed that he was arrested at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano trying to travel to Cairo with an amount of foreign money in excess of the approved figure by law.

He said upon his interrogation, he presented them the sum of $10,000, adding that in the course of further interrogation, they found yet another $40,000, which brought the total sum of money found in his possession to $50,000.

The spokesman of the commission held that they had since taken the accused person into their custody in Kano office, adding that the commission would announce at an appropriate date, the day he would be arraigned in the court of law.

Efforts to reach the spokesman of the Jigawa State Government, Alhaji Umar Kyari, or the state Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Babandi Gumel, did not succeed.

…My son wasn’t on money laundering mission – Lamido

From ISMAIL OMIPIDAN, Kaduna

Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State has said contrary to the impression being created by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC), his son, Aminu Sule was not embarking on a money laundering mission on his behalf.

Rather, the governor said the son was travelling abroad as a follow up to previous medical trips, in respect of the treatment of his grand-daughter, who had a spinal cord problem, insisting that the impression being created by the EFCC was “false and mischevious.”

In a release, signed by the governor’s Director of Press Affairs, Umar Kyari Jitau, the governor said: “I have read from Sahara Reporters that my son, Aminu Sule Lamido, had been arrested at the Malam Aminu Kano Airport for carrying 50, 000 USD on him while on his way to Egypt.

“For the purpose of removing the notion that he was embarking on money laundering mission on my behalf, that I find it necessary to clarify the allegation.

“Aminu Sule has a daughter born with a spinal problem and was taken to Cleopatra Hospital in Cairo, Egypt last year. She was in the hospital for three weeks for the treatment and was asked to be returned after three months for the second phase of the treatment and this was done about four months ago.

“At the end of the second phase of the treatment, they were asked to return to the hospital for final examination after three months. It is on the third leg of the visit that Aminu Sule was arrested by the EFCC while trying to board Egypt air on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at about 11.30pm.

“The impression the EFCC gave to Sahara Reporters that he had been embarking on several trips overseas on money laundering on my behalf is therefore false and mischievous.”

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  1. The young man was on a money laundrying mission, for him to held up to fifty thousand usd dollars to Egypt , can u give a vivid acc on what such sum stands for? How many of his age mate in northern Nigeria can boost of $100 usd in their personal acc? U re fronting ur son to be ur closest confidant , u are a corrupt governor. Nigerians should see the kind of man OBJ is trying to package to our people comes 2015, evil men. Where is that establishment that employed ur boy to accumulate such savings as at his age? Is ur boy gainfully employed? If yes, on what year did he gained his job and at what cadre?

  2. Kingsley Omoruyi on

    Mis-Information in this Country and false impression by the media have been going on for a long time, especially for those who dont have the oportunity to clear themselve or be heard unlike the gorvernor, alot of people have been arrested or harrassed wrongly.
    The Gorvernor son should have known that even if one kobo exceed the stipulated amount it is money laundering, but i dont believe he will launder such amount for his father or himself.

  3. This governor must be an illitertate.If not, let him define what money laundering stand for. The law stipulates that anything over $10.000 must be declared before you travel, but your son chose to do otherwise. He declared $10.000 and covered $40.000. Please Mr Governor, I want you to tell us in your own word, what other name we can use for this act. No body is interested to know what the money is being used for but for the fact that your son deliberately refused to follow a simple instruction shows he is a big time MONEY LAUNDERER and should account for his action. You just need to SHUT UP and stop pointing fingers.

  4. God wil judge all of u dat put us where we are 2day.d money which is suppose 2 be 4 all nigerians few people are busy eating with their family & keeping 4 their childred yet unborn.God will judge u.

  5. What are we saying, this is a pure case of money lundering, please ask d governor if d so called hospital do not have operational acct? If they do y not tranfer y must d son travel with such a huge sum. This is how this chalatants move our hard earn resources. Well it is not peculiar 2u Mr. Gov, u all are d same just that ur son is unfortunate. Mr Gov, d politics of 2015 has startd playing out, d heat is very much around na espo i deh gv u shine ur eyes. But 4 d young man, mmmm!! D law is there.

  6. He is not on money laundering mission yet he could not declare the money and save himself the embarrassment. These are the same people who will come out to tell the whole world that Boko haram is as a result of poverty in the north, Blaming the federal government and the president for been their problem, yet they are busy milking their states dry of their resources. Secondly someone who wants to be president of Nigeria does not even know the meaning of Money laundering,or maybe he does not even know the law, if that money is genuine how come he did not declare it? The leader’s of the north are their biggest enemy, Illiteracy on a high, hunger yet they are busy moving money abroad. Come to think of it, How come no prominent Northaner has been convicted of embezzlement or corruption before? here in the south we have people like Igbinedion, Bode George, Tafa Balogun, and so many others. but we know that in the north corruption is also on a high, is it that the court is shielding them? Another surprise is how come for a long time most if not all of our former chief justices and court of appeal presidents has always been from the north and are also always muslims? is it that they are more intelligent or is their a cabal there also? God will deliver this nation one day in Jesus Nam, Amen

    • @chizoba, what brought about north in Gov’s son arrest. You are stupid idiots and a big fools. It’s truth that Ibo people are shameless because money laudary cases have much recorded in south-East than any part of nigeria. You Ibo people should be ashamed of yourselves when talking about crimes in this country and abroad.

      • You are right. Northerners does not involve in money laundering, but they bury it inside their Ba Shiga hous just like late Sabo Bakinzo.

        Stupid Hausa man. You have got the gut to write something on newspaper abusing igbos and forgotting that Northerners are experts in foreign exchange in nigeria. They smuggled it away and bring them back with boxes, exchange it again in Wapa and other commercial cities in nigeria.

        Does Hausa man has any other business than money laundering and exchange business.

      • haruna you are big fool , can you tell me what keep this country like this is not the so call aboki nama that rule this country like the way they control malu in they bush , you ppl know that this country did not belong to you that’s why you always want to kill it

  7. Ppl u are governing are hungry and ur son is taking ur loots to where dey will be stored for generations yet unborn,dat serves him right.It would serve as a deterrent to odas intending to embark on such journey!!!

  8. please the young should be free, this is the work of his fathers enemies, we know come 2015, Jigawa state Governor becomes the next landlord of Aso Rock, This is why this crooks want to kills his reputation, $50,000 is no more compare to other traveling with million of pounds and dollars, young men has more than $50,000 in them,it a small money , please efcc have a re-think and allow the boy to enjoy him self while his father still a governor

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  10. Becos his name was mentioned for presidency in 2015 now d son was involved for money laundering why not since, even if Lamido did not contest there must be another good nigerian to contest instead of GEJ. Dat man is d best governor in d northern part of d country, can GEJ do have of dat man achievement even as a president? Some of igbo boys dat write comment on dis platform pls try to be articulate instead of writting off point becos dis plantform is meant for learned people not for sales boy or agboro.

    • don’t insult Ndigbo’s sensibility. If you are us, you would be more vociferous. God bless The Sun. Ndigbo continue talking here. NADECO did it and sent Abacha parking and collected the key to the control room. The Creek boys did it and forced Naija to put GEJ, the Creek man in the control room. How much has Adenuga donated to Igbo land. The other day it was reported he donated N500m to Bayelsa.Why? b/c GEJ, the CEO of Great Nigeria and Sons Unlimited, holds the knife that slices the cake. Ndgibo Keep talking, shouting, venting, spitting fire on this page. God bless The Sun again. Go to facebook, talk. Go to Twitter, tweet. Go to YouTube, post the pix of attrocities against Ndigbo. Talk, keep talking. silence means acceptance. Keep talking umunna. God bless this widely browsed on-line Newspaper.

    • Bestime why are you calling Igbo in this forum or is it only the Igbos that comment in this forum.I dont know wat you people sees in this Igbo name self

  11. all dis comment majority of us are making here is absolutely nonsense because what is 40000usd to compared wth what orther govs dat has been charge wth money lundlng this is purely political motivated Jonathan should face reality on ground because he should not finish dis war of witch hunting. My candid advise to u is to start putting infrastructures dat south east and south south lack because if ure ambition of 2015 fail wthout a tangible infrastructures in dis region I dnt think we wll fogive u and ure generations just ask Ezeife ( okwadike) what I mean

  12. how many abokis will comment here this is my only questions…tomorrow they will bomb poor people who are suffering ,idiots whom there people are after milking them dry by all mean and yet they are supporting them fools!!!

    • Oga David those abokis u are refering to don,t have time for this kind of misguided paper called The Sun, which is an Igbo set up pursuing the evil Biafran agenda.Even here u urself ur worried that they don’t comment on this paper. How can u expect them to open this newspaper,s website when they know the agenda of the paper which is to cast aspersion on their leaders, culture and their religion not minding that the evil sons of Biafra have their own peculiar problems bedevilling them, yet they chose to over look them.It is a known fact that anytime you come to dis forum you find out that all this evil sons of Biafra do was to rain abuses to their region, and u can see that majority of the contributors are evil sons & daugthers of Biafra. So if u can pls shut ur dirty mouth. Ewu..ur own leaders are they not milking u dry? what happen to Orji Uzo Kalu in Abia, after milking the state dry, the foolish Inyamuris are busy worshipping him like a gods. Pls mind how u comment in this forum and leave the Abokis alone. Don’t get worked up ‘ no isi kote ebu o gbaa onye ahu’.

  13. That is wat Nigerian leaders they so-call justice, packing our money and resources with the name of Medical Checkup. Yes God will catch u no matter where are planning to go not even Egypt or Cyro or wat ever, even if u’ ll leave d world ma self.

  14. NIGERIAN BAD ROADS on

    I think we should listen to the voice of the law first before diverting this evil act into whatever we may think of.

    Don’t allow yourself to be used in any way as a person who knew the law and you are the law. this is all I have to say for now.

  15. As of my own opinion dat so called son of gov.lamido is a big time thief come to tink of it dis n’t d 1st time he earncatering such trips,he has been dia d 1st time he succed! D 2nd time succed!! And dis 3nd time he was caught. Fellow nigeria’s be wise dis totally money laudering! But since his father is live he wil face no law!! Nigeria has laws but d laws are n’t obeyed by people lik lamido and oda big time politicials they wil defintely cover him up dat 4sure. may god guard and protect dis country nigeria frm all dis corrupt governors, menbers of house of reps, d senators, and mr president him self!! good luck nigeria.

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  17. Most of u dat is talking nonsense here wat is $40,000 to a whole governor’s son? he who criticize can not rule a nation. Even If the daughter of the governor is not hospitalized in Egypt wat is $40000. because de caught him wit d cash, wat of the ones dat buy cars worth of 15 to 20 million naira why the so called efcc not go and wait for them on the road and impound d car and start asking for source of income. I dnt no d governor from adam am pure igbo man 4rm imo but like to say d truth.

  18. Just $5000 chicken change & efcc are there making noise.he has passed through that route severally with loads of hard currencies undetected.well God is already punishing them with deformed children & serious health challenges.looters of public funds must not go unpunished.

  19. I think he was on a medical trip as explained by the Governor. Lets be sincere and compare this amount to the ones real looters will go out with undetected by the EFCC only for us to hear it outside. I also agree that Aminu should have declared the money since it was in excess of what the law of the land approves. Having said the above, the Efcc should investigate and if it is for medical attention, then should allow him.

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  21. By the way, this is very good script for Nollywood. No be so? It was Pa Abraham Adesanya in his days who said he was first an Ijebu man before being a Nigerian. Ndigbo, use all you have to wake up this nation. Greater half of the business of Nollywood is controlled by Ndigbo. If this happened to any of the S/E govs, all the National Dailies would carry it as banner news. Ndigbo, use all at your disposal to wake up this nation. Nollywood, use your brains better, than some of those ancient, archaic, village setting, ritualistic, cultic casts that have no relevance to the cause of Ndigbo. Do not spare the guilty, even the non perfoming govs of the S/E. Let there be intellectual revolution added to our sine qua non business and entreprenueral divine mandate. How else does positive activism that achieve result spring forth. This episode should definitely fetch some umunna good fortune.

  22. Wel!Nig ll re,nig our fatherland,lets join hands 2 rivalve our nation,lets manage our resources so as 2 benefit 2 d poor&riches,governors pls govern us wel,presidnt presids ùs wel,civilians respet d law nd seeks 4 d beterment of dis gr8t nation

  23. Alhaji Dan-azumi Gana on

    How did he acquired such huge amount of money? Thank God the thief was caught. EFCC, thank you for a job well done.

  24. Why not invest the $50,000 to buy medical equipments for the teaching hospital in the State instead of taking the money abroad?

    Why didn’t he declare the right amount he had on him?
    May God continue to expose you thieves one by one. It shall not be well with all of you as long as you continue to steal money and ignore the suffering of the common man in Nigeria.

    EFCC, carry go! You are doing a wonderful job. Let this rogue be disgraced in court!

  25. Well, for the governor’s son to travel with such amount of money means that he has it triple if not more. my question is what does he do for a living? at what age did he began to work? what are his earnings? if he was traveling with his hard earned money, why did he not declare it to the authorities in charge?. On the other hand the EFCC are only good at acting part one, believe me the part two will never see the light of the day.

  26. My candid opinion
    Those who live in glass house should not throw stones. Immediately you declare interest in any political office in the land …

  27. Thank you Uchebest……Yes we must ask what he does for a living! what is the source of that 50k dollars? why must the child be treated in Egypt & not Jigawa? we know of many children wit that medical condition, has the righteous Governor flown them to Egypt. Can we get the medical bill (invoice ) from the Hospital to justify that amount? ……………….. Bloody liers!!!!!!

  28. A good job by the guys of EFCC. This is a sign of ‘things go better in Nigeria’. As every dick, Harry and Jack can now face the music of the law of the land. About ten years ago, this was a mirage. Let’s allow the law to take her course. Bravo EFCC, Bravo command EFCC Kano International airport, for not fallen prey to intimidation, influence and get-rich quick thirst of many of our connationals.

  29. Cant you people get,his own father even admitted that he has emback in such a journey two or three times to visit her grand daughter who was admitted in Cleopatra hospital Egypt so wat does that tells us that the young man have been laundering money the two or three times he traveled to Egypt becouse the EFCC cought him

  30. Cant you people get,his own father even admitted that he has emback in such a journey two times to visit her grand daughter who was admitted in Cleopatra hospital Egypt so wat does that tells us that the young man have been laundering money two times he traveled to Egypt becouse the EFCC cought him.Everyday is for the thief but one day is for the owner

  31. Which way Nigeria ,the way purportedly educated people comment makes me wanna cry. The law says maximum of ten thousand, therefore more than that is money laundry. Next someone will say EFCC planted the money on him . A criminal is a criminal whether he steals in millions or thousands. Is this because he was caught this time, who knows how many millions they have bleeded from the impoverished but happy north.

  32. 50k USD is too small for Lamido to get involved. I am not saying that the man did not break the law but to me this looks like a plot to pull someone down.

  33. It is not all about getting sule lamido’s son, its all about wat next after getting him. Two things are involved here…ist, its either dat the boy is going on money lundering business or secondly, its a plot by the political big boys to derail his father off his political ambition come 2015. If the former holds, den the Effc cum nigeria court should know wat to do but if the later holds, den the effc should go and sit down cos dats not wat dey are instituted for..i mean “witch hunting”

  34. Governor sule lamido must have discovered too late that he is a deceit.. it is appropriate to say the face of a lair.H ought have resign or impeached by now.B

  35. Governor Sule Lamido must have discovered too late that he is a deceit. It is more appropriate to describe face of a liar.He ought to have resigned or be impeached by now, but this is Nigeria where nothing works.

  36. my dear, i believe strongly tht the money is not root money. wht is $50,000 to be called loot efcc should tell us wht they want from the guy they did not see those with millions of dollars they are making fool of them self

  37. Please change this topic now how much is $50,000 when billion of money is under laundry everyday. is a shame for him to take $50,000. because the % of the money is very low to distribute if NOT ?

  38. taiwo oladipupo on

    what a lump sum for the son a governor to hold on a medical trip abroad, woundnt it be nice for ordinary citizen who had died having medical problems to secure a bit of help from the gorvernment so that the life expectancy will no longer be short.

  39. Is this, is that, did d guy denied of being in possession of such money. A crime is a crime no matter the reason. Afterall those kidnappers jailed if interogated may have good reason for doing that (hunger, poverty, unemployment, sickness etc). Some times i got tired of commenting because this case may end up like others or they will end up fixing the date of court appearace on Dec 2014, by the time it will be a forgotten issue.

  40. Governor lamido is a linus. why is he trying to defend his son’s action. did the hospital ask them to bring 40000 USD. who is he trying to deceive?
    the federal govt should make sure that this case is brought to a good conclusion. treatment melted to anyone guilty of such an offense should also be given to him.

  41. Lets jst b sincere 2 ourselves,some other persons are busy packing billions of dollars here in naji(was it not ds week dt CBN governor said dt 2 billion made of of 1k note is missing?since then wot has happened)frre dt boy jor!

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  43. The next president sule lamido this fake alegation wnt stop u . The sonofbitch can not in any way stop u from being our next president. I salute u again and again. We support and no blackmail will work for us . What is ten million naira . Some body is spendind 3 billion naira per trip. More grace to ur elbow sule lamido.

  44. Gov’s son arrested for alleged money laundering, under-declaring forex
    I dey laugh o and who I dey l dey laugh at? Na OBJ because Lamido is his anointed for presidency in 2015. But don’t loose sleep Mr Governor. We Nigerians have fish brains so before 2015, we would have forgotten this ever happened and if even they do not and the matter is raised, I bet that as a governor you must you have made enough money to pay the thieving SANs of Nigeria to clear “your good name” in court. For now u can go on giving all the reasons and explanations on how your son came about a whole of $50,000. So suddenly Egypt has become a haven for medical trips especially spinal cords? I still dey laugh o

  45. MR LAMIDO its bcos Nigeria law is too cheap and you open your wide mouth like goal post to talk.why cant your son be sincere to declare the $50,000 to immigration in the first place?at least there must be some legal way of backing the excess of $40,000 dollars with documents.I hereby declare your son guilty of money laundery you bastard.

  46. The irony is that the state did generate the money. Annoying is the fact that the young man is a thief. Like father like son. Presido my black strong yansh

  47. Lamido u are a stupid Gov. God will expose u all, i am sure OBJ must have cover his face now. Kudos 2 efcc if only it not be swept under d capet

  48. THIS GOV IS PURE BOKO HARAM MEMBER , I BELIEVE THE SON IS GOING TO POST MONEY TO THE MILITANT IN THE DESERT AND THAT IS HIS OWN CONTRIBUTION FOR THE NORTHERNERS IN BOKO HARAM CLICK

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