Aminu, 34, had appealed against the decision of the Federal High Court, Kano, which found him guilty of the charge of money laundering brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
It would be recalled that the EFCC had arrested the former Jigawa governor’s son on the 11th of December, 2012 at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport while about to board a flight to Egypt.
Aminu, a 2010 graduate of Mass Communication from the Bayero University Kano, BUK, was arrested for failing to declare the sum of $40,000 in the Customs Currency Declaration Form after initially declaring the statutory $10,000 to the Nigeria Custom Service.
By so doing, he committed an offence punishable under section 2(5) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 and was subsequently arraigned on February 4, 2013 on one count charge of false declaration of foreign currency.
The charge reads: “That you, Aminu Sule Lamido, on or about 11th day of December, 2012 at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano within the Jurisdiction of the Federal High Court while transporting in cash, the sum of $50,000 (fifty thousand dollars only) from Nigeria to Cairo, Egypt, falsely declared to the Nigeria Customs Service the sum of $10,000 (Ten Thousand dollars only) instead of the said sum of $50,000(fifty thousand dollars only) as required under Section 12 of the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act Cap F34 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Section 2(3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 2(5) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011”.
Aminu was tried and consequently convicted on July 12, 2015 by a Federal High Court sitting in Kano and ordered to forfeit 25 percent of the undeclared sum to the Nigerian government.
Apparently unhappy with the trial court’s decision, Aminu filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal, Kaduna Division, praying the Appellate court to set aside the judgment of the lower court.
Delivering judgment in the matter on Monday, Justice H.A.O Abiru upheld the decision of the lower court and resolved all issues raised against the appellant.