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Nigeria News: Federal Legislators face N4b corruption charges

The trial of top Nigeria’s Federal Legislators over corruption charges continued in Abuja yesterday with the trial Judge in an An Abuja High Court sitting reserved ruling in the bail application and directed that they should be remanded in prison custody.

Those on trial include the Chairmen of the Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Power, Senator Nicholas Ugbane, and Hon. Ndudi Elumelu.

At yesterday’s sitting, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) counsel, Godwin Obla, raised security alarm over their safety and told the court that it could no longer accommodate them.

The other accused are the Managing Director of Rural Rlectrification Agency (REA), Samuel Gekpe; the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Dr. Abdullahi Aliyu; Simon Nanle, Engr. Lawrence Orekoya, Abdulsamad Jahun, Kayode Oyedeji, Hon. Igwe Paulinus and Hon. Jibo Mohammed.

They are facing trial on a 157-count charge of alleged criminal breach of trust by making fraudulent withdrawal of various sums of monies purporting same to be contract sums in favour of about 51 companies allegedly owned by their friends and associates.