By ABU NMODU, Minna
The case involving the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and former Niger State Governor, Dr Muazu Babaginda Aliyu as well as well as Umar Muhammad Nasko, a former commissioner for Environment, on eight count charges bothering on money laundering and abuse of office has been transferred to Minna Federal High court from an Abuja High court.
They were re -arraigned at the federal High court Minna on the charges of the case involving N2 billion allegedly abused before a Federal High Court sitting in Minna, Niger state based on the matter bordering on Jurisdiction of the case earlier mentioned at an Abuja High court.
They were arraigned for alleged misuse of the N2 billion of an ecological fund released in 2014 and contravened section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.
The Former Governor and the commissioner were accused of indirectly taking control of the aggregate sum of N210, 000,000.00 out of N233, 510, 007. 00 ; N250, 000,000.000 out of N253, 182, 500.00; N230,000,000.00 out of 243, 539, 253.50; N110,000,000.00 out of N116, 775, 003.50; N184,800,000.00 out of N487, 495,600.00; N478,495,600.00 out of N487, 495, 600.00 and N478, 495, 600.00 out of N487, 495, 600. 00 at different times between June to December 2014.
The court started a consolidated hearing on the matter when counsel to the former Governor Ayodele Olajide (SAN)in an oral application before the court said the bail earlier granted the accused persons by the a Federal High Court in Abuja, should stand so far it was a consolidated hearing but was overruled.
The Counsel to Umar Muhammad Nasko, Sam Mamman Osuman, however, filed a written application for the bail of his client and counsel to EFCC, Prince Ben Ikani, Esq argued that the court should ignore the application on the ground that he was served in the court that morning, adding that he needs 24 hours to prepare his response to the application.
The Presiding Judge Justice Yalim Bogoro however granted bail to the two accused persons to the tune of N250 million each and two sureties who must be residence within the area of the court’s Jurisdiction and that the sureties must be civil servants within the rank of director while the case was adjourned till 21st of January for hearing.
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