Sasore was arraigned alongside his company, Middlesex Investment Ltd, before Justice I.E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court Abuja, for failing to develop a programme to combat money laundering and other illegal acts, including failing to designate a compliance officer as specified under Section 9(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended).
He was also accused of failing to comply with the money laundering act by submitting to the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment a declaration of activities of his company.
Another count reads: “That you Olasupo Shasore, SAN, director of MIDDLESEX INVESTMENT LIMITED and signatory to the company’s bank account at all material times, between the 26th August 2019 and 3rd September 2019, within the Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, aided the said MIDDLESEX INVESTMENT LIMITED, in failing to report in writing to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission a single transfer transaction of the sum of $30,000(Thirty Thousand United States Dollars), from the Guaranty Trust Bank Plc account number 0005659435 of MIDDLESEX INVESTMENT LIMITED, to the account of Olasupo Shasore, as required under Section 10 (b) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011(as amended), and you thereby committed an offence under Section 18(a) of the said Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 16(2)(b) of the Same Act.”
The judge further adopted the bail conditions granted the defendant by the Federal High Court, Lagos Judicial Division.
The court had earlier granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50, 000,000 with one surety in like sum.
The surety must be a serving Director or Permanent Secretary in the service of the Federation or Lagos State Government.
The surety is required to produce two copies of a recent passport photograph and evidence of payment of tax clearance, while the defendant is ordered to deposit his international passport with the registrar of the court.