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    Saturday, 27 January 2018

    Supreme Court affirms conviction of ex-Kogi lawmaker, Daudu, for N1.4bn fraud

    The Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the conviction and sentencing of a former member of the Kogi State House of Assembly and ex-Caretaker Chairman, Ogori/Magongo Local Government Area of the state, Gabriel Daudu, for N1.4bn fraud.

    Daudu was  arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission before the Federal High Court  in April 2010.

    He was arraigned on 208 counts of money laundering and misappropriation of public funds to the tune of N1.4bn.

    The prosecution lawyer, Wahab Shittu, fielded 13 witnesses and tendered 47 exhibits to prove the charges against Daudu.

    At the end of the trial, the judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, found Daudu guilty on 77 counts and sentenced him to two years imprisonment on each count.

    The sentences on each of the counts  to run concurrently.

    But Daudu, through his lawyer, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN), had appealed against the judgment.

    But the Court of Appeal, Abuja, in its judgment delivered on March 1, 2017 upheld the decision of the trial court and dismissed the appeal for “lacking in merit.”

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