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Dramatic defence twist to Dariye's fraud trial

10 June 2016, 18:21

Abuja - The trial of former Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, has taken a new twist at the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Gudu, Abuja after the defence team intended to raise a no-case submission instead of opening its defence.

Dariye is facing charges bordering on money laundering and diversion of funds.

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

At the last sitting of June 6, 2016 when the prosecution closed its case against Dariye, his counsel, GS Pwul had told the court that it would open its defence on the adjourned date of June 10, 2016 saying they intended to present seven witnesses.

Also read: EFCC claims Dariye is wanted in London for money laundering

However, at the resumed sitting on Friday, rather than open its defence, Pwul informed the court that he intended to raise a no-case submission.

Prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, however expressed concerns this was a delay tactic being employed by the defence.

Justice Banjoko, has adjourned the case to June 14 for arguments on no-case submission by the defence.

Dariye was governor from 1999 until his impeachment in 2006.  He is alleged to have siphoned the state’s ecological fund to the tune of N1.16 billion.

– CAJ News

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