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Plateau Ex-Governor Closes Case On N1.162bn Fraud With 16 Witnesses

The Former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye on Tuesday, in an FCT High Court sitting in Gudu, closed his defence in the alleged N1.162 billion fraud trial.

Dariye is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in a 21-count charge of money laundering and diversion of ecological funds to the tune of N1.162 billion belonging to the state.

The former Governor closed his case after calling 16 defence witnesses.

Dariye’s counsel, Mr Kanu Agabi (SAN), told the court that they have closed their case and applied for a written address.

Agabi said, “My Lord, I am pleased to inform your Lordship we are closing the case for the defence and we will like to address you.’’

Mr O. Atolagbe, holding the brief for Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), 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 December 7, for the written addresses.

Dariye, on September 18, employed Agabi, a former Attorney-General of the Federation, as his new counsel after his lawyer, Mr Garba Paul withdrew from the case.

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