A Kano Federal High court sitting at Court road Monday, ordered former Kano state governor Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, former minister of foreign Affairs Bashir Aminu Wali and former director general of Ex- president Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign Organization during the 2015 Presidential election, Engr. Ahmed Mansur to defend defend themselves in the alleged N950 million money laundering charges leveled against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC).
The court presided over by justice Lewis Amburus Allagoa said the no case submission plea made by the accused persons is not cogent enough to convince the court to grant their request for the dismissal of allegations against them.
According to the court, the prosecution does not need to tender adequate evidence to convince the court on the case of prima facie.
Justice Lewis said having heard the submissions made by the prosecution and counsel to the accused persons, the court is of the opinion that a case of prima facie has been established against senator Ibrahim Shekarau and two others.
EFCC had dragged the trio before the court on a six count charge bordering on money laundering and violation of anti-graft laws.
The anti-graft agencies told the court that the accused persons during the 2015 presidential elections collected the sum of N950 million from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), alleging that the monies collected in cash batches violated the provisions of the law.
The prosecution further alleged that Senator Shekarau in the company of the other accused persons disbursed the monies collected through channels that allegedly contravened the provisions of the Nigeria’ Money Laundering Act.
Shekarau, Wali, and Mansur denied all the charges slammed against them, urging the court to admit their plea for a no case submission.
The court ruled against their plea of no case submission.
The court further ordered the accused persons to return their international travelling documents that were earlier released to them on health grounds.
The case was adjourned to November 18 and 19 for the accused persons to commence their defence.