3bn Fraud: Court transfers ex-Niger Gov. Aliyu’s case to Minna
An Abuja Federal High Court has granted application by defence counsel to transfer the trial of former governor of Niger State, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu to a high court in Minna, the state capital.
Aliyu and former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015, Umar Nasko, were in May arraigned on an eight count charge.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, in his ruling yesterday, remitted the case file to the Acting Chief Judge, Justice Abdul Kafarati, for onward transfer and re-assignment to a Federal High Court in Minna.
Defence lawyers Olajide Ayodele (SAN) and Mamman Mike Osuman (SAN) had argued that the alleged offences in the charges of April 28, 2017 took place in Minna, Niger State.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), through its lawyer, Mr Ben Ikani, said the anti-graft body was ready to prosecute the case anywhere in the country to avoid delays.
Aliyu and Nasko were alleged to have pocketed about N1.9 billion from projects executed in the Ministry of Environment between June and December 2014.
The defendants were on April 26 remanded in Minna Prison after they were arraigned on a six-count charge of money laundering valued at N5 billion.