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.

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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.

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

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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.

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