The Federal High Court has ordered that the immediate past governor of Niger state, Babangida Aliyu, be remanded in prison custody until May 4. Justice Mohammed Mayaki of the High Court sitting in Niger state also ruled that governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 election, Umar Nasko, be remanded in prison, Premium Times reports.
Nasko also served as chief of staff and commissioner for environment under Aliyu’s administration between 2007 and 2015. According to the charges filed against the former governor, the EFCC alleged that he diverted N520m from the Niger State Government Security Account domiciled in Zenith Bank account between January and March 2011.
The anti-graft agency said that within the same period, the former governor also allegedly diverted a separate N1.7bn from the same account. The commission said in 2015 Aliyu and Nasko allegedly diverted about N1.09bn, which was 16 per cent shares of Niger State in the North South Power Company Limited. The alleged crimes are believed to be in contravention of sections 97 and 312 of the Penal Code.