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Corruption trial: Dariye’s back in court March 24



Hunted by EFCC, ex-Gov Joshua Dariye dumps PDP for APC

The trial of former Plateau State Governor, Sen. Joshua Dariye, for alleged corruption charges, will resume on March 24.

It was learnt on Sunday that prosecution is to call its first witness on March 24, a date that had already been scheduled before the Supreme Court judgment on Friday.

It would be recalled that the Supreme Court had on Friday ordered that the trial be resumed, after eight years of being stalled by an interlocutory appeal.

Dariye is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice Adebukola Banjoko of a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Gudu, Abuja.

The EFCC had, on July 13, 2007, arraigned the former governor on 23 counts of money laundering and other corruption charges allegedly involving “billions of Naira” belonging to the Plateau State Government.

The EFCC accused the former governor of, among others, diversion of about N1.2bn of the state’s ecological funds into the account of Ebenezer Ratnen Venture, which is one the companies through which he allegedly siphoned the public funds.

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