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Witness tells court how Dariye diverted state funds

26 January 2016, 14:21

Abuja - A detective of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has explained to the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory how former Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye allegedly diverted the state’s N1.126billion ecological funds, Nation reports.

The witness, Musa Sunday, who was led in evidence by the lead prosecution lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), said he was involved in the investigation into how Dariye as governor allegedly diverted Plateau State’s funds.

He said Dariye allegedly applied for the ecological fund in the name of his state in 2001, but collected the money in person and diverted it.

Also read: Court loses patience over ex-Plateau governor’s antics

Sunday said upon receiving the cheque for the N1.126b ecological fund, Dariye allegedly lodged it with his private banker, the Abuja branch manager of All States Trust Bank Plc (now defunct), with instruction on how it should be disbursed.

The witness said investigation by EFCC operatives revealed that the bank manager, allegedly acting on Dariye’s instruction, paid N100m in the name of “PDP South-west” which fund was later traced to a company – Marine Float Nigeria Limited – allegedly owned by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

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

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