Ahmadu Fintiri                                                                                                                     Picture: EFCC/SaharaReporters)

The case against former Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa resumed in a Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday. The governor is the defendant in a case of money laundering brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The ex-governor, who is facing a five-count charge of money laundering, was accused by the EFCC Witness presented, Ibrahim Andrew, of making a large cash payment for the purchase of a property at Plot Number 7, Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja.

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He also said that the sum of  N2.8 billion was spent on the Boko Haram crisis in the state.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Andrew told the court that in his capacity as the Secretary to the State Government, he requested for briefings from various ministries and their responses.

He said their responses highlighted cases of misappropriated funds and cases of dud projects that were claimed to already be done.

An example of this was N475million, which was meant for the construction of Faculty of Law at the Adamawa State University, even though there was no construction.  Only the foundation of the institution was laid.

So also the N2.8bn purportedly spent on projects. The witness said Malamre ward in Jimeta Local Government Area, where the governor claims to have spent the money on for projects, was at the time under attack by insurgents.

Fintiri, who was also a member of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, was arraigned on June 30, 2016 alongside Mayim Construction and Properties Limited, for allegedly laundering monies to the tune of N2.9billion through his naira and dollar accounts domiciled at Ecobank Plc.

 

The case has been adjourned till March 2.