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Babangida Aliyu: Witness slumps at court hearing

Babangida Aliyu: Witness slumps at court hearing

- The alleged fraud and abuse of office brought against former governor Muazu Babaginda Aliyu took a scary turn recently when a witness collapsed in court during trial

- The case was instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

- The case was adjourned to June 26 and 27 for continuation of hearing

A report by Daily Trust indicates that a former director with the Niger state Ministry of Environment, Mohammed Shaba Yabagi, slumped during the commencement of hearing of the case of alleged fraud and abuse of office brought against former Governor Muazu Babaginda Aliyu and others by the EFCC.

According to the report, at the commencement of hearing at the Minna Federal High Court on Wednesday, April 11, Yabagi who is one of the prosecution witnesses in the case slumped during examination by the counsel to the EFCC, Prince Ben Ikani.

The incident resulted in a short break after which the witness came back to give his testimonies and cross examination.

Another prosecution witness and former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Works, Malam Umaru Bawa, and a retired permanent secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Adamu Jagaba, also testified in the case.

Babangida Aliyu: Witness slumps at court hearing

The case instituted by the EFCC was against former Governor Aliyu, former chief of staff, Umar Nasko and a former commissioner.

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The case was however adjourned to Tuesday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 27 for continuation of hearing.

Former governor Aliyu, his chief of staff,Umar Muhammad Nasko, and a former commissioner of environment, parks, gardens and forest resources are standing trial on eight-count charge of laundering ecological fund of about N2 billion.

Meanwhile, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state has urged accountants in the country to intensify efforts toward exposing the Chief Executive Officers of ministries, departments and agencies involved in corruption.

Masari made the call on Tuesday, April 10, while receiving Alhaji Shehu Ladan, the national president, Association of Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), who paid him a courtesy call in Katsina.

The governor said that the chief executive officers could not just dip their hands into the public treasuries without the roles of accountants who were custodians of public funds.

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