N3bn Fraud: Court remands ex-Governor Babangida Aliyu in prison custody

Justice Mohammed Mayaki of the Niger State High Court Minna on Tuesday ordered the remand of former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, in prison custody up until May 4.

Mr. Aliyu is standing trial for alleged N4.568 billion fraud and abuse of office.

Mr. Aliyu was docked alongside his former Chief of Staff, Umar Nasko, on a six-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust, punishable under Section 97 and 312 of the Penal Code.

Mr. Nasko was the Niger State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in 2015.

The defendants were accused of conspiring and dishonestly converting to personal use funds amounting to N4.568 billion, belonging to the Niger State Government.

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