N1.4bn Fraud: Court sentences Ex- Kogi Lawmaker to 154 years

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
today, April 25th, secured the conviction of a former
member of the Kogi State House of Assembly and former
Caretaker Chairman, Ogori/Magongo Local Government
Area of the state, Gabriel Daudu, for a N1.4 billion fraud.
Daudu who was first arraigned in April 2010, was
prosecuted by the EFCC on a 208 count charge bordering
on money laundering and misappropriation of public funds.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, who presided over the case at a
Federal High Court in Lokoja, Kogi State, found him guilty
of 77 counts and sentenced him to 154 years
imprisonment. In his ruling, the trial judge, held that the
prosecution proved its case beyond every reasonable
doubt, and therefore sentenced Daudu to two years on each
of the 77 counts to run concurrently.
Before the conviction of Daudu, prosecuting counsel,
Wahab Shittu, tendered various exhibits before the court
and fielded 13 witnesses to prove the case against him. It
would be recalled that in the course of the trial presided
over by Justice Ekwo, had indicated that the trial might
have to start afresh as the Chief Judge of the Federal High
Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, had asked Justice P.M. Ayuba
of the Lokoja Division of the court to take over the case.
However, Shittu had pleaded with Justice Auta to review the
decision. The Chief Judge, thereafter, returned the case file
to Justice Ekwo, who has now found Daudu guilty of the 77
counts.

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