By Isaac Garba
Former Plateau state Governor, Senator Joshua Chibi Dariye walks out of an Abuja High Court at Gudu a free man after the 10th witness ended all evidence against him for an alleged diversion of N1.162 billion of ecological fund meant for the state.
Mr.Mohammed Kawu Mohammed of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,(EFCC) testified before Justice Adebukola of an Abuja High Court, saying that the EFCC seized ownership of a property owned by the former Governor at Asokoro Abuja .
The EFCC operative also disclosed that the commission took over ownership of the property in 2012, after gaining an interim forfeiture order from an Abuja High Court.
He went further to say, the EFCC was able to realise the sum of N62million after the Assets’ Forfeiture and Recovery section of the EFCC took over ownership of the property.
Furthermore, under cross examination by the defence counsel Mr. Garba Pwul (SAN), Mr.Mohammed said he was not part of the investigative team that probed Dariye in 2007.
Mohammed told the court that: ’’I did not participate in the investigation of chief Dariye, therefore I have no idea of how the charges came up.’’
However a retired detective with the Metropolitan Police in London, Mr.Peter Clerk told the court the operations that led to the arrest of the former Governor in September 2004.
Mr Peter Clerk added that he had been investigating Dariye since January 2004 and arrested him 28 September 2004, in a hotel room in London.
However, Senator Joshua Chibi Dariye was Governor of Plateau State from1999 to 2007, although he was impeached in November 2006 and was reinstated by the Supreme Court; he is presently representing Plateau Central Senatorial district in the National Assembly.