Court remands Ex-Kwara finance commissioner, Banu, over alleged fraud

Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin, on Wednesday has reportedly remanded the formaer commissioner for Finance, under the administration of Abdulfatah Ahmed. He was remanded alongside one other in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ilorin Zonal office, pending the ruling on their bail application.

The anti-graft agency is prosecuting the former finance commissioner and two others for fraud-related offences after three separate adjournments earlier.

It was however, recall that Banu is facing a one count charge of conspiring with the banker, named Olanrewaju Adeniyi, and his company which was tagged 'Travellers Messenger Limited' to launder the sum of N411m belonging to the Kwara State government.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges,but the counsel to the EFCC, Emeka Omewa, requested that they be remanded in prison custody till the trial date.

However, the defence counsel objected to the argument and expressed their readiness for trial immediately, referring the court to their bail applications, stating that the alleged offences are bailable and the defendants will not jump bail if granted.

Justice Babagana Ashigar ruled that the defendants be remanded in EFCC custody and adjourned till February 10, 2020 to rule on their bail applications.

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