The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Saidu Umar Kumo, a former Senator from Gombe State and Nuhu Poloma, a northern actor, on a five-count charge bothering on conspiracy and money laundering.

They were arraigned before Justice Nehizena Apolabi of the Federal High Court Gombe, on Wednesday.

According to the EFCC, the defendant allegedly collected the sum of N450 million at the Gombe branch of a new generation bank, on March 27, 2015.

The sum is allegedly part of the money paid out to influential political figures and electoral officials by a former petroleum minister, Deizani Alison-Madueke, to influence the outcome of the 2015 general election.

Kumo was accused of taking N111 million out of the N450 million, and instructed one Abba Sunday Agaba to deliver the balance of N333,500,000 to a cashier at the Government House, Gombe.

Kumo allegedly gave N2 million to Honourable Nuhu Poloma, used the sum of N3 Million personally and failed to account for the balance of N106 million.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the five-count charge.

The prosecution counsel, Israel Akande, then prayed the court for a date to commence trial.

Justice Afolabi granted the defendants bail in the sum of N10 million each and two sureties in like sum.

He subsequently adjourned the case to December 5, 2018.

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