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Ex-kaduna gov re-arraigned over Diezani N700m alleged poll cash

- Adelani Adepegba, Abuja

The economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Tuesday, re-arraigned a former governor of Kaduna State, Muktar Yero, before Justice M. G. Umar of the Federal high Court, Kaduna, on eight amended charges bordering on money laundering.

Yero is being prosecuted alongside a former Minister of State for Power, Nuhu Way; former Secretary to the Kaduna State Government, Ishaq hamsa; and a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, haruna Gaiya, for their alleged involvemen­t in the sharing of N700m provided by a former Minister of Petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-madueke, to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidenti­al election.

According to a statement on Tuesday by the EFCC spokesman,

Wilson Uwujaren, their rearraignm­ent followed the transfer of the former trial judge, Justice Zainab Abubakar, to another division of the Federal high Court.

When the case was mentioned, the prosecutin­g counsel, Nasiru Salele, told the court that the case was for re-arraignmen­t of the defendants and urged the court to ask them to take their pleas.

The defence counsel did not object to this.

The statement read in part, “The eight counts were read to the defendants and they all pleaded not guilty. In view of their pleas, the prosecutin­g counsel asked the court to fix a date for trial.

“But the defence counsel drew the attention of the court to the previous bail granted the defendants, asking that the status quo be sustained, which the prosecutio­n counsel did not

oppose. The court consequent­ly adopted the bail earlier granted the defendants and adjourned till october 13, 2021 for the commenceme­nt of trial.”

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