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The Court Drops The Former Jigawa Gov.’s Charges Of N8.3 Billion Fraud

According to a 2006 report, he was involved in President Olusegun Obasanjo’s acquisition of insurance company acquisitions.

Senator Ibrahim Saminu Turaki was cleared by a Federal High Court in Dutse, Jigawa State, of the N8.3 billion corruption charges the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had brought against him.

What took place:Since May 4, 2007, Turaki, a former governor of Jigawa State, and three companies have been on trial;15 months, 5 days, and 15 days ago

A 33-count charge pertaining to the diversification and misappropriation of state funds led the EFCC to drag the parties to court.

How they were cleared:The ruling was handed down by Justice Hassan Dikko, the presiding judge, who threw out all of the charges and released all of the accused for failing to pursue a thorough investigation.

In addition, the court directed the immediate release of the first accused person’s travel documents.

Responding to the verdict:One of the Saminu Turaki defense attorneys, Saidu Muhammad Tudunwada, stated that the court granted their request for the Accused Person’s discharge from the 33-count charges.

He added that with the ruling, Justice has been served and it is a victory for all.

Details of the case According to a 2006 report, he was involved in the acquisition of insurance companies for President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Turaki was detained by the EFCC in July 2007 on suspicion of corruption and money laundering.A 32-count money laundering charge was brought against Turaki, who was accused of transferring approximately N36 billion from public funds into private accounts.He was granted bail under strict conditions.
Turaki was re-arrested by the EFCC on July 4, 2017, while he was attending a public event in Abuja. The re-arrest was based on a court order from 2013 that said he should be arrested for ignoring a summons.Turaki claimed that the anti-graft agency had erroneously granted such an order and denied ever evading trial.
He also denied being on the run or avoiding arrest since the order was issued four years ago, given that he had attended public official, social, and business events throughout Nigeria and beyond.The EFCC held Turaki without charge for approximately 14 days on this presumption.
The former governor filed a fundamental human rights lawsuit against the anti-graft agency as a result of this.He pleaded with the court to sentence the agency’s head to prison for denying him bail despite his request for it.On July 27, 2017, Turaki was granted bail, and his trial was scheduled to begin on September 19.
The main issue in the case was whether or not he concealed the true nature and purpose of some funds during his time as governor.Turaki has stated that the case brought against him was politically motivated and that he has denied any wrongdoing.He denied each and every one of the charges.
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