Alleged N1.5bn Fraud: Joshua Dariye son’s trial suffers setback, adjourned till December 17
The criminal trial of Nanle Miracle Dariye, son of former Plateau state governor, Joshua Dariye has once again been adjourned due to prosecution’s failure to serve the defence with its final written address within the stipulated time.
On June 22, 2018, Counsel to Nanle, Mr Peter Erivwode asked the court for a date to enable him prove that the prosecution had failed to establish a prima-facie case against his client.
At the resumed trial on Monday, Erivwode told the court that they were served with the prosecution’s written address at about 3:43 p.m on Thursday, November 22. He prayed the court to grant the defence more time to enable them reply the prosecution’s address.
“We were served the written addresses on Thursday, November 22 at about 3:43 p.m, Meanwhile on the last adjourned date of October 25, the prosecution counsel, George Adebola, promised to file within seven days to enable us to reply, if we have the need to do so. The address was dated November 14, filed November 19 and served on us November 22,” he explained.
Presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu frowned at the actions of the prosecution counsel.
“You had an ample time to serve the defence on October 25, you promised to serve them within seven days,” she said.
Mr Dariye was arraigned alongside Apartment le Paradis, a hotel where he was a director.
The defendant sometime in 2013 allegedly failed to report a cash transaction of N1.5 billion which he received through the hotel’s account.
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