EFCC kicks as Court Frees Taraba ex-Governor of Corruption Charges

A Federal High Court, sitting in Taraba State, Wednesday, dismissed fraud charges against a former acting Governor of the state, Abubakar Danladi, and two others accused of diverting N450m.
Justice Stephen Pam in his judgment, declared that the allegations against the accused lacked merit.
The court also ordered the prosecution, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to refund the varioys sums of money seized from the accused persons, in the course of investigation.
In a statement signed by the acting spokesman for EFCC, Tony Orilade, the anti-graft agency said it will appeal the judgment.
“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is to appeal the January 30, 2019 ruling of Justice Stephen Pam of a Federal High Court, sitting in Jalingo, Taraba State, which discharged and acquitted a former acting governor of the state, Sani Abubakar Danladi, for an alleged N450m fraud.
“Based on findings during an investigation, the EFCC had charged Danladi along with Joel Ikenya and Mark Useni to Court, for conspiracy and violation of financial regulations. They were alleged to have collected the said sum as part of monetary inducement, to influence the outcome of the 2015 general election.
“It is worth noting, that on January 25, 2019, the EFCC secured the conviction of two former staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, who were charged to court, for similar offences. They were alleged to have partaken in the “sharing” of several sums of money, in the build-up to the general election, without going through a financial institution.”
It stated further: “The decision of Justice Pam, to, therefore, rule that the charges against Danladi, and the others “lacked merit”, is indeed, worrisome and tragic.”
The commission said it had resolved to appeal the ruling, ”because the EFCC believes that the judgment is a travesty of justice”.

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