Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Absence of Judge Pre-empts Arraignment Of Gov. Lamido’s Son
The arraignment for money laundering of Aminu Lamido, son of Jigawa State governor Sule Lamido, could not go on today at the Federal High Court in Kano following the absence of, Justice Shehu Yahaya the trial judge.
A press statement by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said Aminu was brought to court by its operatives at about 8.45am. Over an hour later, however, the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Court announced that the judge was unavailable and promised to communicate a new date for the arraignment. He gave no reason for the judge’s absence.
Aminu was arrested by EFCC December 12, 2012 at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano on his way to Egypt, for failure to declare the $50,000 he had on him to Customs as demanded by law.
One week ago, on January 9, Aminu was also arrested in Kano when an SUV he was alleged to be driving struck and killed a man near Bayero University.