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Alleged N2 billion Fraud: Court orders EFCC to begin fresh trial of Ex-Niger State Governor
By on October 28th, 2020. News

Aliyu, and his former Chief of Staff, Umar Nasko, for retrial.

This effectively sets the stage for a fresh trial of the accused persons who left office in 2015.

Justice A.B Aliyu, who gave the order on Tuesday, also reinstated the bail granted the defendants, according to a statement by the EFCC.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Messrs Aliyu and Nasko (first and second defendants respectively) and Tanko Beji, the third defendant, for alleged money laundering.

They had faced a three-count amended charge of breach of trust and money laundering to the tune of N2 billion, but the case was struck out on June 19 this year by the court.

Mr 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.

Following the abrupt termination of the case, prosecution counsel, Faruk Abdalla, 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.

Mr Abdalla supported the application with a 21-paragraph affidavit deposed to by 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.

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