- The deputy speaker of Benue state House of Assembly, Christopher Adaji, has been arraigned by the EFCC
- Adaji was arraigned alongside the clerk of the house, Torese Agena for an alleged N5 million fraud
- They, however, pleaded not guilty and were granted bail while the trial was adjourned till Monday, July 6
The deputy speaker of Benue state House of Assembly, Christopher Adaji, has been arraigned by the EFCC at the state high court in Makurdi, Benue state.
New Telegraph reports that Adaji was arraigned alongside the clerk of the house, Torese Agena, over alleged fraud to the tune of N5,040,950.
Legit.ng gathers that this was contained in a statement by the EFCC's head of media, Ayodele Babatunde.
They were both arraigned on a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy, bribery, criminal breach of trust and abuse of office. They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The court subsequently granted them bail on self-recognizance and adjourned the case till Monday, July 6 for the commencement of trial.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), wanted the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, fired.
Malami, in a memorandum to the president, anchored his recommendation on several grounds “raging from diversion of recovered loot to insubordination and misconduct” by Magu.
He also included a shortlist of three candidates for consideration to replace Magu.
Given the weight of Malami’s allegations against Magu, sources said the president may be inclined “to set up a probe panel that will look into the veracity of the allegations and make necessary recommendations.”
Malami alleged accounting gaps or discrepancies of figures concerning the recovered assets, claiming that Magu was not transparent enough in the management of recovered assets.
Magu, 58, is a Nigerian police officer who also served during Nuhu Ribadu’s time at the anti-graft agency and was credited with part of the success Ribadu recorded in his time.
In April 2018, the Police Service Commission announced the promotion of 18 senior officers where Magu was promoted to the rank of a full commissioner from deputy commissioner of police.
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