Alleged N1.162bn Fraud Trial: Dariye Closes Defence

Former Governor of Plateau, Joshua Dariye on Tuesday, in an FCT High Court, Gudu, Abuja, closed his defence in the alleged N1.162bn fraud trial.
Dariye is standing trial a 21-count charge of money laundering and diversion of ecological funds to the tune of N1.162bn belonging to the state.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC ) alleged that Dariye, who is now a Senator, committed the offence when he held sway as Governor of the state between 1999 and 2003.
Dariye closed his case after calling 16 defence witnesses.
Dariye’s counsel, Kanu Agabi, 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 Rotimi Jacobs, 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 Sept. 18, employed Agabi, a former Attorney General of the Federation, as his new counsel after his lawyer, Mr Garba Pwul withdrew from the case.

Author: News Editor

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