One Malik Wakili has today been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), at the Federal High Court, Lagos, for allegedly impersonating the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.
The commission had He was accused of committing fraud using the minister’s name in March 2019.
The EFCC told Justice C.J. Aneke that Wakili conspired with one Abdullahi Umar, who is at large, “to fraudulently impersonate the former Lagos State governor with intent to gain a monetary advantage for themselves.”
The defendant “converted the total sum of N3,106,216, being the value of the minister’s Air-miles Skywards Account Number EK248739282 with the Emirate Airlines and which sum they reasonably ought to have known formed part the proceeds of their unlawful activity, to wit: fraud.”
The prosecution said Wakili acted contrary to sections 15(2)(a) and 27(1)(b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and was liable to be punished under sections 15(3) and 22(3)(a) of the same Act.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge filed against him.
The judge adjourned the case till Tuesday for ruling on the bail application filed by the defendant’s counsel, Eubena Anedu.