Mo­hammed Abacha faces fresh cor­rup­tion charge

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

Mo­hammed Abacha, son of late head of state Gen­eral Sani Abacha, is fac­ing fresh charge both­er­ing on cor­rup­tion.

The federal govern­ment filed a new charge against Mo­hammed Abacha ac­cus­ing him of un­law­fully re­ceiv­ing N446.3 bil­lion al­legedly stolen from govern­ment’s cof­fers be­tween 1995 and 1998.

Mo­hammed is al­leged to have “dis­hon­estly re­ceived stolen property” and “vol­un­tar­ily as­sisted in con­ceal­ing money.” The charge re­placed the ear­lier one of 121 counts in which he was charged along­side with Atiku Bagudu. The govern­ment has now ex­cluded Bagudu from the fresh charge.

Ac­cord­ing to the new charge marked CR.21-24/2008, the stolen money al­legedly re­ceived by Mo­hammed, and which he is ac­cused of con­ceal­ing in­clude 141,100,000 pound ster­ling and 384,353,000 US dol­lars made up of cash and trav­ellers cheques.

The charge dated Fe­bru­ary 24, 2014 was filed by a pri­vate pros­e­cu­tor, Daniel En­welum, who is pros­e­cut­ing the case on be­half of the Federal Govern­ment and upon a fiat dated Fe­bru­ary 18, 2014 is­sued to him by the At­tor­ney gen­eral of the fed­er­a­tion.

Mo­hammed’s ab­sence in court stalled his planned ar­raign­ment on the new charge yes­ter­day be­fore Jus­tice Mam­man Kolo of the High Court of the Federal Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory.

En­welum told the court that even when Mo­hammed had been served with the charge, he re­fused to at­tend court to for him to be ar­raigned.

He said the lawyer, Ab­dul­l­lahi Haruna has promised to re­ceive the charge for his client.

Haruna said Mo­hammed was ab­sent in court be­cause he was not aware of the new charge.

Lawyer to Bagudu, Rickey Tarfa (SAN) urged the court to grant an or­der dis­charg­ing his client from charge in view of the prose­cu­tion’s de­ci­sion to ex­clude him from the new charge.

Rul­ing, Jus­tice Kolo al­lowed the amended charge. He also granted an or­der dis­charg­ing Bagudu from the charge and ad­journed to April 29 for Mo­hammed’s ar­raign­ment.

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