N36bn Corruption Allegation: Court Resumes Suit Against Ex-Jigawa Gov 14 Years After

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The Federal High Court sitting in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital, has resumed the trial of former Jigawa State governor, Senator Ibrahim Saminu Turaki, over alleged N36 billion corruption charges 14 years after the trial was suspended.

Turaki was 14 years ago on July 13, 2007, arrested and arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissioner (EFCC) on a 32-count charge.

The former governor was arrested and arraigned by the EFCC before Justice Binta Murtala Nyako of the Federal Capital Territory High Court on July 13, 2007, on a 32-count charge of misappropriating N36 billion while in office.

Senator Turaki was remanded at Kuje prisons until he was granted bail in the sum of N100 million with two sureties in like sum.

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In 2011, the case was transferred to the Federal High Court, Dutse after the former governor challenged the jurisdiction of the FCT division of the court.

A new judge, Justice Hassan Dikko, was reassigned to take over the case which was formerly being handled by Justice S. Yahuza before his retirement early in December.

Justice Dikko thereafter adjourned the matter till February 24 and 25 for the continuation of hearing of the case.

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