EFCC arraigns Ex-Gov. Dariye’s Son for alleged N1.5bn laundering
The Nigeria anti-corruption agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday arraigned Nanle Miracle Dariye, son of former Governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, on a 6-count charge of money laundering to the tune of N1.5billion before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Dariye, according to EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, was arraigned alongside Apartment le Paradis, an hotel where he was a director.
The defendant, Uwujaren said, sometime in 2013 failed to report a cash transaction to the tune of N1.5billion which he received through the hotel’s account in one of the old generation banks.
The amount is above the threshold of the N10million permissible by law. Additionally, the hotel was also not registered as Designated Non-Financial Institution, DNFI.
The offence is in contravention of Section 5(1) (a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 5 (b) of the same Act.
Count two of the charge reads:
“That you, Nanle Miracle Dariye, while being a Director of Apartment le Paradis Limited and Apartment le Paradis Limited on 28th day of March 2013 in Abuja within the Jurisdiction of this Honorable Court did commit an offence to wit: Failure to report within 7 (seven) days, a cash transaction in the sum of N551,555,428.50 (Five Hundred and Fifty One Million, Five Hundred and Fifty Five Thousand Four Hundred and Twenty Eight Naira, Fifty Kobo) paid to Apartment le Paradis Limited BY BGL Securities Ltd vide your First Bank Plc Account No 2014165731 on 28th day of March 2013 which is above the threshold of N10,000,000 (Ten million Naira) and you hereby committed an offence contrary to Section 10(1) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 10 (3) of the same Act”.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge when they were read to him.
In view of his plea, counsel to the EFCC, George Adebola, asked the court to fix a date for trial and for the defendant to be remanded in prison custody.
However, Dariye’s counsel, Charles Abalaka, pleaded that he was yet to file application for bail as he was served with the charge late yesterday.
He urged the court to admit his client to bail, while presenting two sureties, Mr. Amana Yusuf, a Grade Level 12 civil servant working with Ministry of Defence and Mrs. Rose, a Grade Level 13 officer working in the Office of the Head of Service in Abuja.
Justice Ojukwu admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N5million with two sureties in like sum.
The sureties must be resident of Abuja and must provide tax evidences for 2015, 2016 and 2017.
The judge, thereafter, adjourned to April 10, 12, 2018 for commencement of trial.
“The defendant is to be remanded in EFCC custody pending the fulfillment of the bail conditions”, the judge stated.
$8.4m Fraud: Again, Ajudua’s Absence In Court Stalls Trial
The trial of a suspected serial fraudster, Fred Ajudua, who was charged with a $8.4m fraud before Justice Josephine Oyefeso of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos was, on Tuesday stalled due to his absence in court.
Ajudua is facing trial for allegedly defrauding a former Chief of Army Staff, retired Lt.-Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi, of the sum of $8.4m, while they were both in custody in Kirikiri Prisons, Lagos in 2004.
Ajudua, together with his accomplices, had allegedly approached Bamaiyi and convinced him that he could secure his freedom and also secure legal services on his behalf.
At Tuesday’s sitting, counsel to Ajudua, Allen Agbaka, told the court about the current medical status of Ajudua and also sought adjournment of the proceedings.
In his address, Agbaka stated that Ajudua was “evacuated to India on February 8, 2018 for urgent medical attention”, following a referral to Ruby Hall Clinic, India for surgery.
Agbaka further added that the defendant had written a letter to the court and attached his international passport, Visa documents, medical reports from Ruby Hall Clinic, India as well as photographs showing him on hospital bed in India.
Ajudua’s lawyer, who said copies of the document had been served on the prosecution counsel, S.K.Atteh, urged the court to adjourn the case for three to six months or sine die.
However, in his response, the prosecution counsel, Atteh, told the court that the medical challenges of the defendant had delayed the commencement of the trial.
He, therefore, prayed the court to try the defendant in absentia, “since the matter has been long in court.”
Justice Oyefeso adjourned the case to May 23 and 28 May, 2018 for the commencement of trial and also ordered the defendant to be present in court at the next adjourned date.