EFCC Arrest Niger State PDP Governorship Candidate

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested and arraigned former governor of Niger State, Dr. Muazu Aliyu, the state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Umar Nasko, and state chairman of the party, Tanko Beji, before a court for alleged corruption.

The three were arraigned before the State High Court yesterday, with the immediate past governor of the state, Dr. Aliyu, charged for alleged diversion of ecological funds of over N2.2 billion during his tenure between 2007 and 2015. The PDP governorship candidate in next month election, who was also Commissioner for Environment to Babangida Aliyu, Umar Nasko, and the current state PDP Chairman, Tanko Beji, were also arraigned along with him on the same charge of alleged fraud. The same charges they had been standing before another state High Court presided over by Justice Mohammed Mayaki on April 25, 2017, but had suffered several adjournments. Counsel to Nasko, Maman Osuman, had earlier raised preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court then presided over by Justice Mayaki to entertain the case.

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