The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has detained former governor of the Adamawa state Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri. The Federal High Court in Abuja has remanded Fintiri till Friday, July 1, 2016. He is being prosecuted by the EFCC over accusations of fraud and money laundering. Justice Ahmed Mohammed made the order after the ex-governor pleaded not guilty to all the five counts on June 30.
The anti-graft agency arraigned Fintiri along with Mayim Constructions and Properties Limited (the second defendant). Shortly after Fintiri pleaded not guilty to all the charges, the court heard his bail application but delayed the hearing till Friday to deliver its ruling on it. Justice Mohammed directed that the former acting governor be remanded in Kuje prison waiting when the court would deliver ruling on the bail application. Umaru Fintiri was sworn into office as the new acting governor in 2014 after the impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako and the resignation of his deputy, Bala Ngilari, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly.