EFCC to prosecute former Energy Minister, Mamman, on Thursday for N33 billion money laundering

EFCC to prosecute former Energy Minister, Mamman, on Thursday for N33 billion money laundering

Former Energy Minister, Saleh Mamman, will be arraigned before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission at the Federal High Court, Abuja on Thursday, July 11, 2024.

Mamman, who was a minister under former President Muhammadu Buhari from 2019 to 2021, was sacked by Buhari alongside Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Sabo Nanono in September 2021.

Mamman was arrested by EFCC agents in May 2023.

He will be arraigned before Justice James Omotoso on 12 counts of money laundering offences amounting to N33 billion.

According to the charge sheet seen by our correspondent on Wednesday, the former Minister of Energy was accused of conspiring with other officials of his ministry and some private companies to indirectly convert N33.8 billion of funds released for the Mambilla and Zungeru hydroelectric power projects by the Federal Government.

The EFCC said the offence was contrary to sections 18(a), 15(2)(b) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act.

It read: “That you, Saleh Mamman (male), in 2019, at Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this court, while you were the Minister of Power, did conspire with other officials of your ministry and some private companies to indirectly convert the total sum of N=33,804,830,503.73 through various private companies, which sums you ought reasonably to have known were proceeds of unlawful activity, namely: criminal breach of trust in respect of funds released for the Mambilla and Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Projects by the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

In the second charge, Mamman allegedly conspired with one Samson Bitrus to make a cash payment of $655,700 to Mohiba Investment Limited without going through the bank.

It read: “That you, Saleh Mamman (male), in December 2019, at Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this court, conspired with Samson Bitrus to make a cash payment of US$655,700.00 to Mohiba Investment Ltd. (acting through Mohammed Asheik Jidda), without going through a financial institution.”

The EFCC said the offence was contrary to sections 1 and 18(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under section 16(2)(b) of the same Act.