Former Niger Gov, Aliyu Granted Bail

Former Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu and Umaru Nasko, at the courtroom on Wednesday. Credit: Twitter
Former Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu and Umaru Nasko, at the courtroom on Wednesday. Credit: Twitter

Former Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, and his former Chief of Staff, Umar Nasko, have been granted bail by a Minna High Court.

The duo was remanded in the Minna Prison after their arraignment on April 25 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Nasko was the Niger State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in 2015.

Both men are being prosecuted by the anti-graft agency, EFCC, for alleged corruption while in office.

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They were said to have conspired to fraudulently convert about N4.568 billion belonging to the State Government to personal use.

According to the EFCC, the funds were meant for ecological projects, as well as proceeds realised from the sale of 16 percent shares of the state in the North-South Power Company.

Aliyu had been in the custody of the EFCC since April 4 before he was eventually arraigned on April 25.

He was considered one of the most influential governors during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

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