- Ex-governor Alhaji Saidu Dakingari of Kebbi has been arraigned by the ICPC for allegedly misappropriating N1bn
- The stolen fund, according to the commission, was meant for logistics during the 2015 general polls
- The case has been adjourned till Tuesday, December 4, and Wednesday, December 5, for the commencement of trial
The immediate past governor of Kebbi, Alhaji Saidu Dakingari, on Wednesday, October 3, arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) for alleged misappropriation of N1, 094,320,000 said to have been part of the state's funds.
According to the ICPC's allegation, the N1bn was partly meant for the 2015 general elections. The former governor was arraigned before Justice Ismail Bashir of the state's high court 2, in Birnin Kebbi, Punch reports.
Dakingari was accused of conniving with Mohammed Tunga, the then state commissioner for finance, and an ex-secretary to government, Alhaji Garba Kamba, to misappropriate the sum of N349,475,000.
Rasheedat Okoduwa, the commission's spokesperson on Wednesday stated that the N349m was meant for the provision of generators and other logistics for polling units in the state during the 2015 general elections.
However, on Wednesday, it was learnt that Tunga had passed on, and as such, the prosecuting counsel asked the court to strike out the late commissioner’s name, a request that was granted.
The ICPC maintained that Dakingari, who was the state governor between 2007 and 2015, allegedly conspired with his political associates to misappropriate the sum of N430, 000,000, which was released to provide logistics support for security agencies during the 2015 general elections.
The governor was also charged with siphoning N315,000,000 meant for enlightenment programmes for Islamic clerics to educate their followers on the 2015 elections in the 21 local government areas of the state.
Elijah Akaakohol, the prosecutor, said that the ex-governor’s actions were contrary to and punishable under sections 19 and 26(1)(c) of the corrupt practices and other related offences act 2000.
The anti-graft commission said that the defendant, if convicted, is liable to be jailed for five years without an option of fine. The former governor, however, pleaded not guilty.
After a bail application by Dakingari's counsel, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), the court granted former governor bail in the sum of N10 million with one surety in like sum.
Bashir said that the surety must possess property worth the sum of the bail, which must be located within the jurisdiction of the court. The case was adjourned till Tuesday, December 4, and Wednesday, December 5, for the commencement of trial.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that emerging reports had claimed that Dakingari had joined the race for the House of Representatives.
It was learnt that Dakingari collected the nomination/expression of interest form to contest for the House of Representatives to represent Suru/Bagudo federal constituency.
Legit.ng gathered that the former governor obtained the form at the APC national headquarters in Abuja recently.
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