The EFCC has arraigned the Senator Saidu Kum a former senator representing the Gombe Central Constituency in Gombe state, and Honorable Nuhu Poloma, at the Federal High Court Gombe before Justice Nehizena Apolabi on five counts charge bordering on conspiracy and Money Laundering.
The two men were alleged to have visited Fidelity Bank Plc Gombe branch on the 27th March and collected a sum of four hundred and fifty million Naira only. The bank was able to provide the photocopy of the duo’s identification cards for the EFCC to confirm this.
The money was suspected to be proceeds of illegal acts. Specifically, Senator Kumo took the sum of One Hundred and Eleven Million Naira (N111, 000, 000) out of the Four Hundred and Fifty Million Naira (N450, 000, 000) at the bank and instructed one Abba Sunday Agaba, the Fidelity Bank official to deliver the remaining balance of Three Hundred and Thirty Three Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira only (N333, 500, 000) to the Cashier, Government House Gombe.
According to the ongoing investigation by EFCC, Senator Kumo gave 2 million Naira to Hon. Poloma and used three million Naira, he also failed to account for the remaining balance of 160 million naira.
Count one of the charge read “That you, Senator Saidu Umar Kumo and Hon. Nuhu Poloma on or about 27th March, 2015 within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspire between yourselves to accept cash payment of the sum of Four Hundred and Fifty Million Naira Only (N450, 000, 000) from one Abba Sunday Agaba a cash officer with Fidelity Bank, which exceeds the statutory limit authorised by law and thereby committed an offence contrary to and Punishable under Section 18 (a) and 16 (2) (a) of the Money Laundering Act 2011 as amended
They pleaded not guilty to all the five count charge read against them. The Prosecution counsel, Israel Akande then prayed the Honourable Court for a date to commence trial.