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Absence of EFCC’s witness stalls Dariye’s trial

The alleged money laundering charge against former governor of plateau, Joshua Dariye, was on Tuesday stalled because of the absence of EFCC witness.
The absence of the witness made, Justice Adebukola Banjoko of FCT High Court, to adjourn the case till May 9 and May10.
EFCC counsel Leke Atolagbe said that the commission’s key witness, expected from outside the shores of the country, had not arrived.
“There are some procedures to follow in order to bring him to the country,’’ Atolagbe said.
Dariye is being prosecuted by the EFCC on a 23-count charge bordering on money laundering and diversion of the state ecological funds.
EFCC alleged that the former governor siphoned the state ecological fund to the tune of N1.16 billion.
The commission on April 4, fielded a forensic expert to testify against Dariye over the signatures on the bank mandate card of Ebenezer Retnan Ventures.
Dariye and his counsel, Garba Pwul were present in court. (NAN)

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