The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Gudu, Abuja, on Tuesday, that a former Governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, was still wanted in the United Kingdom for alleged money laundering.
The commission said the former governor escaped to Nigeria after jumping bail that was granted him in London in 2004.
Dariye, who was later elected Senator, representing Plateau Central in the 2015 general elections, is being prosecuted on 23 counts of money laundering and diversion of Plateau State’s N1.126bn ecological funds while he was the state governor.
Dariye was Plateau State governor between May 29, 1999 and May 2007 but was abruptly impeached in 2004 before he was reinstated.
A witness called Musa narrated to the court how Dariye diverted the state’s N1.126bn ecological funds to his personal bank account.
The witness said he former governor had, in 2001, applied for the funds in the name of his state.
But Dariye allegedly collected the money in person and lodged it with the Abuja Branch of the All States Trust Bank Plc (now defunct).
The witness added that the bank manager, allegedly acting on Dariye’s instructions, paid N100m in the name of the “PDP South-West”, adding that the money was later traced to a company – Marine Float Nigeria Limited – allegedly owned by a former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar.
The witness confirmed that the decision by the EFCC to investigate Dariye for money laundering was due to information provided by the London Metropolitan Police.
Dariye’s case is still pending in London.
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