A former governor of Kaduna State, Mukhtar Yero, and three others have been remanded in prison following money laundering charges proffered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The former governor and the other persons – a former Minister of State for Power, Nuhu Wya; a former Secretary to Kaduna State government, Hamza Ishaq; and a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna, Haruna Gaya – were arraigned by the anti-graft agency on Thursday before Justice Mohammed Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna.
They were charged with four counts bordering on money laundering, criminal conspiracy, misappropriation of public fund, and breach of trust. They pleaded not guilty to the charges.
When Mr Yero’s counsel, Yunus Ustaz, made an oral application for the bail of his client with the alternative to be remanded in EFCC custody, it was opposed by the EFCC counsel, Joshua Saidi.
After listening to both arguments, Justice Shuaibu, agreed with the submission of the prosecuting counsel and, therefore, directed the defence counsel to file a written application for bail.
He then ordered that the four accused persons be remanded in prison custody until the next sitting, which he adjourned till June 6, for ruling on the bail application.
The EFCC had invited Mr Yero, Mr Ishaq and Mr Gaya on Friday last week over the alleged mismanagement of N750 million campaign funds.
The ruling, however, did not go well with the purported supporters of Mr Yero who gathered in front of the court premises in solidarity with him, claiming he was innocent of all the allegations levelled against him.