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N1.2bn Fraud: Dariye’s Witness tells Court, Ex-Gov Wrong to Divert Fund

A former Plateau State House of Assembly member, Geoffrey Teme, on June 27, 2016 told a Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, Gudu, Abuja, that it was wrong for Joshua Dariye, a former governor of the state, to divert the state’s ecological fund for personal gains.

Under cross-examination by prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, Teme, the second defence witness, admitted that “it was wrong for anybody to pay government money into his personal account”.

Dariye, who is being prosecuted by the EFCC, before Justice Adebukola Banjoko, is alleged to have diverted about N1.162 billion ecological fund meant for the state, to the accounts of Ebenezer Retnan Vetures, ERV, Pinnacle Communications Limited, Union Homes, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, South-West. 

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