Two Illegal Gold Dealers Forfeit N39m, Property To FG

EFCC, on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, secured the conviction of two allegedly
illegal gold dealers, Bukar Mandara Zarami, Managing Director, Bukar
Mandara Zarami Limited, and Kar Nap Fenan Wuyep before Justice Muslim S.
Hassan of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The
convicts alongside a company, Bukar Mandara Zarami Limited, were
re-arraigned today on an amended two -count charge bordering on
possession of 35.58 kilogrammes of Gold Bars wrapped in six bags without
appropriate permit.

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Count one reads: “That you, Bukar Mandara
Zarami, on or about the 9th day of November, 2018 in Nigeria, within the
jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, dealt in 35.58 kilogrammes of
gold bars wrapped in six bags without appropriate permit; and you,
therefore, committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section
134(c) of the Nigerian Mineral and Mining Act, 2007.”

“Count two
reads: “That you, “Kar Nap Fenan Wuyep, on or about the 22nd day of
May, 2018 in Nigeria, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court ,
without going through any financial institution, accepted cash payment
of the sum of $19,440(Nineteen Thousand , Four Hundred and Forty United
States Dollars), from one Bakkkuk Steven Goyol, which sum exceeded the
amount authorized by the Law; and, you hereby committed an offence
contrary to Section 1)(a), Section 16(1) (d) of the Money Laundering
Prohibition Act 2011 as Amended and punishable under Section 16(2)(b) of
the same Act.”

The defendants pleaded guilty to the charge
preferred against them. In view of their plea, the prosecution counsel,
Rotimi Oyedepo, sought the leave of the court to review the facts of the
case. Oyedepo informed the court that the first defendant, Zarami, was
arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos on
November 11, 2018 with 35.58 kilogrammes of Gold Bars wrapped in six
bags.

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