Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, yesterday, arraigned the immediate past governor of Kebbi State, Saidu Dakingari, over alleged misapplication of about N1.09 billion belonging to the state.Gov. Dakingari
The court was told that a former Commissioner of Finance in the state, Mohammed Tunga, who was supposed to have been arraigned with him, died recently.
The former governor was arraigned before Ismail Bashir, a judge of the Kebbi State High Court 2, in Birnin Kebbi, on a six-count charge of criminal conspiracy, theft, conferring corrupt advantage on political cronies and using position for gratification.
He was accused of conniving with the now deceased former commissioner and Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Garba Kamba, to defraud the state of about N349.5 million.
In the suit, Charge No: KB/HC/27C/2017, ICPC’s counsel, Elijah Akaakohol, averred that the defendant’s actions contravened laws and punishable under sections 19 and 26 (1) (c) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
If found guilty, ICPC said they would be liable to a term of five years imprisonment without an option of fine.
The former governor, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges preferred against him when they were read out to him.
Counsel to the accused person, Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, through a written application, sought the relief of the court to grant his client bail.
The bail was granted in the sum of N10 million and one surety in like sum who must be resident and possess property worth N10million within the jurisdiction of the court.
Spokesperson of ICPC, Rasheedat Okoduwa, said in a statement that the case had been adjourned to December 4 and 5 for the commencement of trial.