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N1.162bn Fraud: Dariye knows fate today •How son concealed N1.5bn — Witness

By News Express on 12/06/2018

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•Ex-Governor Dariye and son, Nanle Miracle Dariye
•Ex-Governor Dariye and son, Nanle Miracle Dariye

A Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Gudu, Abuja,‎ will today, June 12, 2018 deliver judgment in N1.162bn fraud charge brought against Joshua Dariye, a former governor of Plateau State.

Head, Media and Publicity at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed this on Monday evening. He noted that “the trial took more than ten years to arrive at this stage.”

Meanwhile, EFCC on Monday presented its first witness in the on-going trial of Nanle Miracle Dariye, son of former Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye, on a six-count charge of money laundering to the tune of N1.5 billion before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The suit filed with charge no. FHC/ABJ/CR/19/2018 has Dariye as the first defendant. The second defendant is Apartment le Paradis, a hotel where he was a director.

Counsel to the EFCC, George Adebola presented his first witness, PW1 Emem Kongkor who introduced herself as an operative of the anti-graft agency and Team Leader “Team A” of the Inspection and Enforcement Unit of the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering, SCUML.

“SCUML has the mandate to register, monitor and regulate the activities of designated non-financial institutions, DNFIs. Section 25 of the Money Laundering Act 2011 (as amended) defines DNFIs to include mechanised farming, hotels, casinos, supermarkets and other small-scale businesses”

According to Kongkor, “Section 10 of the Money Laundering Act 2011 (as amended) mandates all DNFIs to report in writing every single lodgments or transfer that exceeds the threshold of N5 million or its equivalent for individual accounts and  N 10 million or its equivalent for corporate accounts within seven days”.

The witness narrated how sometime in 2017, a case of non-compliance with the Money Laundering Act 2011 (as amended) was referred to Team “A” for investigation. Following the investigation,” the team liaised with the Asset Management Co-operation of Nigeria, AMCON desk of EFCC and investigations revealed that Dariye had a case with the AMCON team of EFCC as well.

“Furthermore, the first defendant was invited on May 15, 2017 to meet with the Team “A” and AMCON. During the meeting, Dariye disclosed that he did not know that the second defendant, Apartment le Paradis Limited was not registered with SCUML. I took him through the Money Laundering Act 2011 (as amended) and explained the need to register the hotel and report transactions and advised that he register with SCUML and send backlog of all its business transactions. A formal letter of non-compliance was written to Apartment le Paradis Limited on May 30, 2017 stating their obligations with regards to DNFI registration and reporting,” she said.

Further engagements included letters to Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC dated February 6, 2018 requesting for the names of directors and First Bank Plc on February 8, 2018, requesting for the account opening forms, the statement of account for First Bank Plc Account No 2014165731 through which the sum of N1.5B was laundered. 

Counsel to EFCC tendered the statement dated May 15, 2017. And with no objection from counsel to Dariye, Peter Erivwode, the document was admitted in evidence as Exhibit A.

Additional proof of evidence to back the testimony was tendered and admitted as follow:

Two internal memos from SCUML to AMCON as Exhibit B1 and B2; letter of non-compliance to second defendant from SCUML as Exhibit C; formal correspondence to CAC as Exhibit D;  formal correspondence to First Bank as Exhibit E;  formal response from CAC dated March 1, 2018 as Exhibit F and formal response from First Bank Plc as Exhibit G .

The case has been adjourned to June 12, 2018 for cross-examination.


Source News Express

Posted 12/06/2018 04:34:51 AM





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