Ex-governor Babangida Aliyu docked for money laundering

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Former governor Aliyu Babangida of Niger State

Former Niger State governor Babangida Aliyu was on Thursday arraigned before a Federal High Court in Minna on charge of money laundering.

The ex governor was arraigned alongside a former Commissioner of Environment, Umar Nasko, on 8-count charge of criminal conspiracy and money laundering.

The offences are contrary to section 18(a) of the money laundering Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under section 15(3) of same Act.

The two are accused of laundering ecological funds of over N1.940bn released by the Federal Government to the state in 2014.

NAN reports that the case was transferred from the Federal High Court Abuja to the Minna division at the instance of the defendants.

When they charges were read to the defendants, they both pleaded not guilty.

The EFCC prosecutor, Ben Ikani, thereafter prayed the court to remand the accused…

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