Friday, 17 June 2016

N1.2bn Fraud: Ex-Banker Admits Dariye Operated Account Illegally

 A former staff of the defunct All States Trust Bank, Adonye Roberts, on June 17, 2016 told a Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, Gudu, Abuja, that a former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, illegally operated an account with the bank in the name of Ebenezer Retnan Ventures, ERV, with the aim of concealing his identity as the owner of the account.

Dariye is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before Justice Adebukola Banjoko, on a 23-count charge bordering on money laundering and diversion of funds.

He is alleged to have siphoned the state’s ecological fund to the tune of N1.16 billion, diverting part of it to ERV – an unregistered company run by him and in whose name he maintained a “private banking” account with ASTB.

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