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Ex-Bauchi Dep. Gov, others’ arraignment stalled in N500m Diezani bribe

The absence of a former Secretary to the Government of Bauchi State, Ahmed Ibrahim Dandija stalled the arraignment of Babayo Garba Gamawa, Aminu Hammayo, Aliyu Abdullahi Jalam, Dahiru Madaki and Sunusi Isa before Justice M. Shitu of the Federal High Court Bauchi on five-count charge bordering on conspiracy and Money Laundering.

The defendants, who held various positions in Bauchi State Government as former Deputy Governor, former Secretary to the Government of Bauchi State, former Special Assistant to the Bauchi State Governor, member Finance Committee, Bauchi State PDP 2015 Election Campaign, former Special Adviser to the Bauchi State Governor and former Secretary to the Bauchi State Government respectively, are alledged to have sometime in March, 2015 conspired to accept cash payment exceeding the threshold provided by law, thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (a ) and punishable under Section 16 (2) (b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended).

Investigation revealed that the money (Five Hundred Million Naira) which was collected on 27 March, 2015 by Babayo Garba Gamawa and Alhaji Aminu Hammayo is suspected to be part of the $115m alledgly disbursed by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison Madueke to compromise the 2015 election.

The court slated Wednesday June 6 for arraignment but, when the case was called, only 5 defendants entered the dock. However, the 6th defendant’s counsel Nasiru Balan Malam inform the court that his client was absent due to illness which necessitated him to travel abroad for medical attention.

He therefore asked for an adjournment to enable his client to appear in court. While adjourning the case to September. 25 for arraignment, Justice Shitu ordered the 6th defendant to be present in court on the next adjourned date.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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