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Alleged N1.5bn Money Laundering: Dariye risk imprisonment as court okays amended charge

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has amended the charge brought against Nanle Miracle Dariye, son of former Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye. Counsel to the EFCC, George Adebola revealed that although the 6 counts remain the same, a decree of imprisonment and a fine has been included as punishments against the defendant if he is found guilty.

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Dariye’s counsel Charles Abalaka, who expressed displeasure over the opportunity given to the EFFC to choose the punishment to be meted out to the defendant, has described the act of the anti-graft agency as fraudulent.

Mr. Adebola stated in that the law allows a prosecutor to amend charges at any time during the trial before judgment is fixed.

Dariye’s counsel also told the court that the defense was served with the amended charge and additional proof of evidence less than 24 hours before the trial. He asked the court to fix another date for hearing of the matter in order to give the defense ample time to prepare accordingly.
He further applied that the prosecution is ordered to furnish the defense with legible copies of the proof of evidence and the complete statement made by the 1st defendant.

The matter has been adjourned to April 27, 2018, for the commencement of trial

Dariye is standing trial on a 6-count charge of money laundering to the tune of N1.5billion before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja. alongside Apartment le Paradis, a hotel where he was a director.

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