Ex-Plateau Governor Again Loses Bid To Derail Fraud Trial

A forJoshua Dariyemer Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye, has again lost his bid to scuttle his N1.162 billion fraud trial, pre

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..

 

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