With the new year still in its early days, we bring to mind several prominent top officials who got tied to some very ugly crimes involving cash fraud and embezzlement and whose case might boil over to land them in jail. These prominent people in the country have been charged on various counts, and their cases are still pending in different courts. So if by any chance their defence fails to show enough skill to save them from the grips of prison, then they might have to bask in jail this year. Here are 5 prominent officials whose jail cells are cooling off while they are attend court this year.
Lamido and Sons
The former Jigawa state governor and his sons (Aminu and Mustapha) who are facing charges of fraud and were kept in prison custody in Kano till September 28, 2015 might cruise in jail this year if their defence counsels fails. Aminu Sule Lamido was arrested last year on his way to Cairo for failing to declare the $50000 which he had on him. Investigations further indicate the ex-governor and his sons had paid money amounting to billions into the accounts of companies which their family hold from Jigawa’s state revenues. Lamido and his family are yet to account for N10 billion and the case is still ongoing as they answer to an amended 27-count criminal charge including corruption, money laundering, breach of trust and illegal diversion of funds.
Gabriel is the immediate ex-governor of Benue state. He was brought before a court in Abuja on Wednesday, November 4 by the EFCC. Charged with money fraud of more than N3billion, Gabriel’s case appeared not to have solid foundation initially, but is recently gaining real strong base as new evidence emerges. The whole country especially people of Benue state are waiting for the court hearing of the case and the conclusion.
Colonel Sambo Dasuki
Even a child in the country knows about the arms deal scandal making headlines in the country. The scandal involves $2billion mapped out for the purchase of security wares and former National Security Adviser to the immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan is accused for the unofficial disbursement of the said fund. He has been going in and out of custody and his several arrests have prompted a good number of uncommon revelations. Even though majority of people say the attack on Dasuki is as a result of Dasuki’s previous personal relationship with Buhari and the alleged destruction of the president’s first marriage, everybody is waiting to see how the case will end. Dasuki and others have pleaded not guilty, but as with cases like this, Nigerians can’t wait hear the final conclusion.