Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Money Laundering: Court Finds Ex-Plateau Governor, Dariye Guilty

The Supreme Court of FCT, sitting in Gudu, Abuja has found guilty the former governor of the state of Plateau, Joshua Dariye, on 15 counts of corruption.

Mr. Dariye was found guilty on Tuesday of a six-count charge of alleging the illicit transfer of funds to the state's 1,126 million green needs to the Democratic People's Party in the Southwest.

The ruling judge, Judge Adebukola Banjoko, also declared the former governor guilty of 1, 2 and 7 counts of other crimes related to dishonesty.

Mr. Dariye was found guilty in count 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10 while not guilty in County 14, 16, 18.

In count 17.21.23, Mr. Dariye was found guilty of charges of breach of trust and in count 3, 9, 11, 22 for misappropriation of funds for which he was guilty.

Mr. Dariye, whose case is more than 10 years old, is being tried for a charge of 23 money laundering charges that allegedly diverts the 1,166 million Naira ecological funds from the state.

Dariye was prosecuted by the EFCC on July 13, 2007, on the verge of money laundering charges and other corruption charges allegedly belonging to the Plateau State Government.

According to the EFCC, the former governor diverted the funds to the Ebenezer Ratnen Venture account, which is supposed to be one of the companies through which he allegedly diverted public funds.

Mr. Dariye served the state from 1999 to 2007.

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