The Federal High Court, in Birnin-Kebbi, yesterday, ordered that former Governor Saidu Dakingari and two others be remanded in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), pending ruling in their bail application on December 10.
The EFCC preferred a 13-count charge, bordering on alleged conspiracy and money laundering against Dakingari, Sunday Dogonyaro and a diplomat Garba Kamba.
They were alleged to have laundered N450 million, being part of $115 million and $115 million, collected from a former minister of Petroleum Resources, Deizani Alison-Madueke, contrary to section 1A of Money Laundry Act 2015 punishable under Section 16(2B) among others.
Justice Basse Onu, ordered that the three defendants be remanded in the EFCC Birnin-Kebbi facility and adjourned the case for ruling and trial untill December 10.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to all the charges as the lead Counsel to the EFCC, Johnson Ojogbane, prayed the court to begin immediate trial.
But counsel to Dakingari,Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN) prayed the court to grant his client bail, saying “my client was the former Governor of Kebbi without record of criminal cases,” he argued that he would not jumped bail if granted”.
Also, counsel Dogonyaro, Mr O. A Dada, prayed the court to admit his client to bail, saying that his client would not dishonour the Court.
In his prayer, counsel to Kamba,Ahmed Fingilla, argued that his client has represented Nigeria in many countries as a diplomat with track record without blemish .
He said that his client was the first to honour the EFCC invitation in their Kano office.
Dakingari is arraigned along with Dogonyaro and Kamba for allegedly conniving to collect the sum of N450 million (Four Hundred and Fifty Million Naira) only, being part of the $115 million (One Hundred and Fifteen Million Dollars) allegedly “shared” by the a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deizani Alison-Madueke for the purpose of influencing the 2015 general election.