Metro Plateau: How Joshua Dariye Diverted N1.126bn Ecological Funds - Witness



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The hearing of the former Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye resumed yesterday after about nine years for alleged money laundering before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The prosecution called its first witness, who told the court how Dariye allegedly diverted the state’s N1.126billion ecological funds. Dariye is being tried before Justice Adebukola Banjoko.

The witness, Musa Sunday (a detective with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission –EFCC), who was led in evidence by the lead prosecution lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), said he was involved in the investigation into how Dariye as governor allegedly diverted Plateau State’s funds.

He told the court how Dariye allegedly applied for the ecological fund in the name of his state in 2001, but collected the money in person and diverted it.

According to The Nation, Sunday said upon receiving the cheque for the N1.126b ecological fund, Dariye allegedly lodged it with his private banker, the Abuja branch manager of All States Trust Bank Plc (now defunct), with instruction on how it should be disbursed.


The witness said investigation by EFCC operatives revealed that the bank manager, allegedly acting on Dariye’s instruction, paid N100m in the name of “PDP South-west” which fund was later traced to a company – Marine Float Nigeria Limited – allegedly owned by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. He said efforts to make Atiku refund the money failed.

Sunday said Dariye instructed the payment of N178.8m to an unregistered company – Ebenezer Retnan Venture Limited, which was later discovered to belong to the ex-governor.

He said Dariye ordered the payment of N80m from the ecological fund to Kingsley Nkumeh, a Permanent Secretary in the Ecological Fund Office.

The witness said although the EFCC later recovered the N80m from Nkumeh, he ran out of the country on learning that he was to be prosecuted, and has since not returned.



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I urge Mr President to direct this war against corruption first and foremost to the judiciary and the

anti craft agencies because in my opinion, A corrupt judge is worse than a corruption politician

or a political thief.

Therefore purging both the judiciary and the anti craft agencies of bad eggs who I see as the

real enemies, will be the key to not only fighting corruption but making the institutions stronger.

9 years for Dariye's trial to start is seriously laughable.

God help Nigeria