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Ex-Kogi Governor's theft trial deferred

09 April 2015, 12:56Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Former Governor of Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu, will again appear in court next Wednesday to answer to charges of misusing public funds.

Audu and one Alfa Ibn Mustapha, a former Director General of the Directorate of Rural Development in Kogi, are accused of offences bordering on criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of public funds to the tune of N10, 965 billion.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is seeking their prosecution.

At a recent hearing, Jabaru Olatunji, a prosecution witness, told the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Abuja that several documents on the award of contracts to major contractors between 2000 and 2003, during Audu’s tenure as governor, were forged.

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Olatunji, a staff of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), who is also the eighth prosecution witness, while being led in evidence by counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs, told the court that he was part of a joint task force involving five security agencies that investigated the petition against Audu, alleging that he used his office to siphon Kogi State government funds.

He said his team visited Kogi State in the course of the investigation.

 When asked about their findings during the said visit, Olatunji told the court that, at the office of the Accountant General of the State, they met one Dr. Shuaibu who made available documents detailing all the allocations to the State Government from May 2000 to April 2003.

According to him, the team proceeded to the Ministry of Works where they met one Dr. Ocheni who furnished them with records of all the allocations, contracts awarded and payments made.

Analyses of these documents, according to the witness, revealed that three companies were major contractors. The companies are: Leoflench Nigeria Limited, Bulkom Nigeria Limited, Aresanmi Technical Industrial Limited and Pet-Tim Nigeria Limited.

- CAJ News


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