Former Member House of Reps, Duru Docked for Fraud, Money Laundering

A former member of the House of Representatives, Nze Chidi Duru, Tuesday, had his day in court as he was arraigned at a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for allegedly diverting N16.1m pension funds.
Duru is being accused of of doctoring documents in bud to defraud customers of pension money.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission also accused him of laundering money.
He was said to have committed the offence when he was the Vice Chairman of First Guarantee Pension Limited.
He pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him, following which lead prosecution lawyer, Sylvanus Tahir, applied for a date for the commencement of trial.
He also sought the remand of the defendant in prison pending the next date.
Before Tahir could conclude his submission, Justice Peter Affen drew his attention to a notice of preliminary objection filed by the defendant, challenging the validity of the charge.
Although Tahir claimed not to have been served with the objection, defence lawyer, Abdul Mohammed, insisted that the prosecution was duly served by the court’s bailiff on February 2, 2017.
He said there was evidence to that effect in the court’s file.
Justice Affen later confirmed, from evidence in the court’s file that the prosecution was served with the defendant’s objection on February 2.
He noted that the service was acknowledged by an official of the EFCC, Adigwe Patricia.

Author: News Editor

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