Alleged N2bn fraud: Court orders EFCC to begin fresh trial of ex-governor Aliyu

Alleged N2bn fraud: Court orders EFCC to begin fresh trial of ex-governor Aliyu

- Federal High Court has ordered a retrial of the alleged N2bn fraud levelled against ex-governor Babangida Aliyu

- Aliyu was a governor of Niger state between 2007 and 2015

- Umar Nasko, who was Aliyu's chief of staff was also charged with fraud by the EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has been ordered by the Federal High Court in Minna, the Niger capital, to start a fresh trial of the former governor of the state, Babangida Aliyu and his ex-chief of staff, Umar Nasko.

Premium Times reports that the court on Tuesday, October 27, relisted the N2 billion alleged fraud case against Aliyu and Nasko for retrial. gathered that the court's order has set the stage for a fresh trial of the accused persons who left office in 2015.

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A statement issued by the EFCC indicated that the presiding judge, Justice A.B Aliyu, also reinstated the bail granted the defendants.

Alleged N2bn fraud: Court orders EFCC to begin fresh trial of ex-Niger governor
Former governor of Niger state, Babangida Aliyu, is being prosecuted by the EFCC over alleged N2bn fraud. Credit: Premium Times.
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The EFCC is prosecuting Aliyu and Nasko - the first and second defendants respectively, and the third defendant, Tanko Beji, for alleged money laundering.

It was reported that they had faced a three-count amended charge of breach of trust and money laundering to the tune of N2 billion, adding that the case was, however, struck out on June 19, by the court.

Aliyu was initially docked and remanded at the EFCC custody in 2017 on a six-count charge of fraud. He was later granted bail in the sum of N150 million with two sureties in like sum.

The prosecution counsel, Faruk Abdalla, had on October 13, filed a motion requesting the court to set aside its previous ruling of June 19, and an order for the relisting of the charge.

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Abdalla supported the application with a 21-paragraph affidavit deposed to by one Samuel Chime, stating that:

“We rely on all the paragraphs; we also file a written address in support, we adopt the written address as our oral submission and we pray the court to grant our prayers in the motion papers.”

Justice Aliyu, however, reserved the ruling for October 27.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that former governor of Imo state, Ikedi Ohakim, was prosecuted by the police for allegedly using the name of the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians.

It was reported that the police in a suit filed at the high court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja also accused the former governor of false information.

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