By Ise-Oluwa Ige
ABUJA â€” The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday arraigned former Majority Leader in the Kogi State House of Assembly, Major Albert Soje Adesina (rtd) andÂ Chairman of Ogori MagongoÂ Local GovernmentÂ Area of the state, Mr. Gabriel Daudu, before a Federal High Court, Abuja for allegedly stealing a total N790 million belonging to the people of the state.
The two accused men were alleged to have misappropriated the sum in the discharge of their functions as government officials in the state.
Daudu who is currently the local government boss was alleged to have separately diverted for his personal use N606 million from the government treasury while he allegedly conspired with the ex- Majority Leader to siphon anotherÂ N184.3 million.
The alleged offences, according to EFCC, are contrary to section 10 of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2004 and punishable under section 14 of the same Act.
The criminal charge brought against them indicated that the former Majority Leader perpetrated the alleged fraud while he was a Commissioner for Agriculture in Kogi.
The allegations were contained in a fresh criminal charge filed against them at the Federal High Court by the EFCC.
In the charge, the two accused persons were said to have perpetrated the alleged fraud between 2008 and 2009.
EFCCâ€™s counsel, Mr. Wahab Shittu, who brought the new charge said they were predicated on fresh discoveries by EFCC operatives in the course of their investigations.
He later served the new charge on the accused persons following the withdrawal of the earlier one.
However, the plea of the two accused persons could not be taken as their counsel, Chief Pius Akubo (SAN) asked for time to enable him and the accused persons critically study the content of the fresh charge in order to respond appropriately.