Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Federal Capital Territory(FCT) High Court, Gudu, Abuja, on March 6, 2017 threw out a motion by Mr Dariye seeking to disqualify the Judge from the trial.
Mr. Dariye, a serving senator is facing a 23-count charge for illegally diverting the state’s Ecological Fund to private companies allegedly affiliated to him including Ebenezer Retnan Ventures and Pinnacle Communications Limited.
Mr Dariye had in January lost a similar attempt, when he applied to Justice U.I. Bello, the Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, accusing the trial judge of “manifest and undisguised bias”, and seeking for the case file to be transferred to another judge.
The Chief Judge threw out the application and ordered that the trial continue as the bid was baseless..
The trial was adjourned till March 16th, 2017.