The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has approached the Court of Appeal to set aside a no-case ruling granted a former Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu; and former Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Niger State, Tanko Beji; by Justice Abdullahi Mukailu of the Niger State High Court sitting in Minna, on December 7, 2023.
The Commission had filed a seven-count charge bordering on conspiracy, abetment and criminal breach of trust before Justice Aliyu Mayaki( now retired) against Aliyu, Beji and a former Commissioner for Environment and Chief of Staff to Aliyu, Umar Nasko.
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The matter was later reassigned to Justice Abdullahi Mukailu and the EFCC called 11 witnesses and tendered over 400 exhibits and closed its case, said EFCC spokesman, Dele Oyewale, in a statement.
However, the three defendants made a no-case submission before the court and His Lordship on December 7, 2023, granted the prayers in favour of Aliyu and Beji and directed Nasko to open his defence.