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Former minister Mamman collapses outside courtroom at start of money laundering case

Former Power Minister Saleh Mamman fainted exterior the courtroom of the Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja on Thursday as a consequence of sickness.

The Nigerian Information Company stories that Mamman, whose plea was scheduled for Thursday morning, fell asleep exterior the courtroom earlier than the case was heard.

The previous minister’s lawyer, Femi Ate, SAN, briefly informed Justice James Omotosho when he was known as to offer his plea.

When the listening to resumed, the ex-minister walked into the courtroom and stepped into the dock with a part of his garments soaked.

Decide Omotosho then requested why Mamman was sweating and whether or not it was raining exterior.

The previous minister, responding from the dock, stated water was poured over him.

Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, SAN, counsel for the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, in his handle earlier than the courtroom, stated though the case was set for Mamman’s arraignment, a improvement occurred exterior the courtroom.

Olumide-Fusika stated he had a dialog with Ate exterior the courtroom about Mamman’s sick well being.

“I used to be knowledgeable about an incident exterior. I need my senior trainee lawyer to inform the honourable courtroom himself,” he stated.

Ate stated that Mamman, “when he was introduced into the courtroom premises, collapsed and needed to be resuscitated and handled by the medical workers of the Federal Excessive Court docket.”

He stated his shopper was charged after he was resuscitated.

“He was summoned this morning,” he added.

The lead lawyer stated he had requested Olumide-Fusika for understanding for a postponement in order that the arraignment may happen on Monday when his shopper can be nicely once more.

Nonetheless, the choose stated that because of the workload on the courtroom, the summons may solely be issued on the finish of September.

Ate subsequently withdrew the oral request for a postponement.

Olumide-Fusika stated he had filed an amended cost earlier that morning as a consequence of an error within the suspect’s title and had requested the courtroom to learn the brand new cost to Mamman so he may hear his plea, however Justice Omotosho disagreed.

Nonetheless, the choose requested Mamman if he was match sufficient to make his plea at present and he answered within the affirmative.

The previous minister defined to the courtroom that he fell asleep exterior the courtroom due to the medication he had taken, regardless that he had not eaten. And whereas he was ready exterior the courtroom to be known as, his blood strain dropped.

Nonetheless, Mamman stated he was capable of proceed with the summons.

“It may occur to anybody,” the choose stated.

The previous minister informed the courtroom that he had identified to his lawyer the error made by the EFCC relating to the title within the cost sheet filed in opposition to him.

“I complained concerning the title, that it wasn’t mine,” he stated.

Decide Omotosho subsequently adjourned the summons till 1pm at present.

NAN stories that the EFCC has filed a 12-count cost of cash laundering in opposition to Mamman.

He’s alleged to have dedicated cash laundering offences amounting to 33 billion naira.

The previous minister served underneath former President Buhari from 2019 to 2021.

On Could 10, 2021, he was arrested and detained on the anti-corruption company headquarters in Abuja.

Buhari on September 1, 2021, dismissed Mamman and the then Minister of Agriculture and Rural Improvement, Sabo Nanono, in what was termed a cupboard restructuring.

Mamman was accused of conspiring with personnel of the ministry accountable for the accounts of the Zungeru and Mambilla hydropower initiatives to siphon off about N22 billion.

The investigation uncovered properties in Nigeria and overseas allegedly linked to the suspects, in addition to tens of millions of naira and {dollars}.

(NAN)

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