A former Governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, made a U-turn before a Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday when he decided to drop his no case submission on his ongoing trial on alleged diversion of Plateau State’s ecological fund estimated at N1.16bn while he was Governor.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting Dariye, on charges of alleged diversion of the eecological fund.
In the previous proceedings when the prosecution announced the closure of its case on June 8, after calling 10 witnesses, Dariye’s lawyer, Garba Pwul (SAN), informed the court of the intention of his client to conduct his defence.
On June 10, he changed his mind and opted to file a no-case submission. The Judge had then fixed Tuesday for the hearing of the no-case submission.
But on Tuesday, Pwul told the court presided over by Justice Adebukola Banjoko that his client had changed his mind again and had dropped the plan to file a no-case submission. The Judge thereafter adjourned till June 17 for Dariye to open his defence.