…..Oct 4 for “no case” submission
The Federal High Court, Abuja has fixed October 4, to hear an address on
a no-case submission by Nanle Dariye, son of former Plateau
Governor, Joshua Dariye.
On June 13, ex-Governor Dariye bagged 14 years imprisonment for
embezzling state funds.
Nanle is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) on a six-count amended charge of money laundering in
the sum of N1.5bn.
At the resumed trial on Friday, following the cross- examination of
the third prosecution witness, Mr Effa Imoh-Okim, the Prosecutor, Mr
George Adebola closed the case of the prosecution.
“My Lord, that is the case of the prosecution, we have no more
witnesses to call,” he said.
Counsel to Nanle, Mr Peter Erivwode then asked the court for a date to
enable him prove that the prosecution had failed to establish a
prima-facie case against his client.
“My Lord, the prosecution having closed its case, we ask for a date to
establish that no case has been made against the defendant, to warrant
him to open his defence.”
The trial judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, adjourned the matter until
October. 4 for address on a “no-case” submission.
Earlier, during cross-examination, the witness had told the court that
the signature on the statement Nanle made to the EFCC was different
from the one on the documents obtained from the Corporate Affairs
Erivwode asked the court to show the documents to the witness to
confirm if the signatures on them were the same, and he said they were
The documents from the CAC are in respect to the registration status
of a hotel, Apartment le Paradis, the second defendant in the matter
where Nanle is alleged to be a director.
The EFCC alleges that Nanle, sometime in 2013, failed to report a cash
transaction to the tune of N1.5bn which he received through the
hotel’s bank account.
According to the anti-graft agency, the offence contravenes Section
5(1) (a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended and
is punishable under Section 5 (b) of the same Act.