Ex Gov. Dariye awaits Judgement over alleged N1.162bn fraud trial Ex Gov. Dariye awaits Judgement over alleged N1.162bn fraud trial
A former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, on Tuesday in an FCT High Court sitting in Gudu, closed his defence in the alleged... Ex Gov. Dariye awaits Judgement over alleged N1.162bn fraud trial

A former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, on Tuesday in an FCT High Court sitting in Gudu, closed his defence in the alleged N1.162bn fraud trial.

Dariye is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in a 21-count charge of money laundering and diversion of ecological funds to the tune of N1.162bn belonging to the state.

Dariye closed his case after calling 16 defence witnesses.

Dariye’s counsel, Mr Kanu Agabi (SAN), told the court that they have closed their case and applied for a written address.

“My Lord, I am pleased to inform your Lordship we are closing the case for the defence and we will like to address you,’’ Agabi said.

Mr O. Atolagbe, holding the brief of Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), the EFCC prosecution, did not object to the application.

Atolagbe said that the prosecution will also be grateful to address the court.

Justice Adebukola Banjoko adjourned hearing until Dec. 7, for the written addresses.

Dariye, on September 18, employed Agabi, a former Attorney-General of the Federation, as his new counsel after his lawyer, Mr Garba Pwul withdrew from the case.

Nurudeen Adegbenro