A fraud charge of N3billion has been levelled against former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The former governor as learnt was charged along the state’s 2015 governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Umar Nasko, before a Federal High Court in Minna, Niger State.
Nasko has also served as Chief of Staff and Commissioner for Environment during the administration of Aliyu between 2007 and 2015.
The suit by the EFCC followed an allegation that the former governor, who nicknamed himself during his reign, the chief servant, allegedly diverted N520million from the Niger State government security account domiciled in Zenith Bank between January and March 2011.
The commission also alleged that Aliyu Within the same period had also allegedly diverted a separate N1.7billion from the same account.
According to EFCC, Aliyu and Nasko in 2015 allegedly diverted about N1.09billion, which was 16 per cent shares accrued to Niger State from the North South Power Company Limited.
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The commission claims the alleged offence contravenes sections 97 and 312 of the Penal Code.
In part, one of the charges read, “That you, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, being the governor (also known as chief servant) of Niger State from 2007 to 2015; Umar Mohammed Nasko, being the former Commissioner for Environment/Chief of Staff to Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, sometime between April 7, 2015 and December 7, 2015 in Minna within the jurisdiction of this honourable court while being entrusted with dominion over money belonging to Niger State Government dishonestly converted to your own use the sum of N1,090, 000,000, which formed part of the proceeds of the sale of 16 per cent shares of the sale of Niger State in the North South Power Company Limited and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 312 of the Penal Code.”
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