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Joshua Dariye

The trial of a former governor of Plateau, Joshua Dariye, was on Friday stalled in an FCT High Court, Gudu, due to the absence of defence witness.

Mr. Dariye is facing a 23-count charge bordering on money laundering and diversion of ecological fund to the tune of N1.162billion.

He was present in court on Friday, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The defence counsel, Fidelis Kaatpo, holding the brief of Garba Pwul, told the court that two of the witnesses were yet to be served summons.

“The court bailiff was unable to serve them because they were not reachable,” he said.

He also said that the witnesses reside in Jos.

In his response, the EFCC lead prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, expressed concern that unnecessary adjournments may delay conclusion of the matter.

The trial judge, Abebukola Banjoko, ordered that a fresh court summons be served on the witnesses.

She adjourned the case till Tuesday, December13 for continuation of defence.

Mr. Dariye recently decamped from the opposition PDP to Nigeria’s ruling APC.

The fugitive lawmaker is still wanted in the UK from where he jumped bail after he was arrested for money laundering while serving as Plateau Governor.


The trial of a former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, continued on Wednesday, October 12 before Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Gudu, Abuja, with a defence witness, Stephen Igmala, who is the acting General Manager, Plateau State Road Maintenance Agency, denying knowledge of how equipment used by the Agency were procured.

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