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'Former Plateau governor bought pen for £7 000 in 2004'

10 May 2016, 14:04

Abuja - Former Governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, bought a pen in 2004 for £7 000, a witness told a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The witness, Peter Clerk, a retired detective with the Metropolitan Police in London, on Monday, told Justice Adebukola Banjoko about the extravagant spending of Dariye in London including buying a pen for £7 000 in September, 2004, Punch reports.

Clerk was testifying as the ninth prosecution witness in the trial of the former governor on charges of alleged diversion of about N1.162bn Ecological Fund meant for Plateau State in 2004.

Also read: Witness tells court how Dariye diverted state funds

He said, “From the examination of Dariye’s account, he travelled all over the world. From his passport, we saw stamps of several countries.

"We found seven pairs of shoes which cost £700 per pair. He paid £7 000 for a pen. He purchased a lot of things in high luxurious stores.”

Dariye was Governor of Plateau State between 1999 and 2007.

The former governor is now the Senator representing Plateau Central in the National Assembly.

About nine years after the former governor was charged before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), for alleged money laundering.

Source: Punch

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