By Vivian Okejeme Abuja
The federal government, yesterday, re-arraigned Nanle Dariye, son of former Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye, before a federal high court, Abuja, on amended charge of money laundering.
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Nanle on a six-count charge of laundering money worth about N1.5 billion.
The offence according to the prosecution, is contrary to Section 5(1) (a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 5 (b) of the same Act.
When the amended charges were read out to him, he pleaded not guilty. Consequently, the trial Judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu admitted him to bail in the sum of N5 million with two sureties in like sum. At resumed proceeding, the prosecuting counsel, George Adebola, informed the court that the matter was for re-arraignment on an amended charges.
He, therefore, prayed the court to read the charge to the defendant to take his plea.
Meantime, the matter has been adjourned till April 27 and May 10 for commencement of trial.
The EFCC had first arraigned the younger Dariye, on February 27 on the same charges alongside Apartment le Paradis, a hotel where he was a director.
The Commission, in the charge sheet alleged that the defendant sometime in 2013, failed to report a cash transaction to the tune of about N1.5 billion which he received through the hotel’s account in one of the old generation banks.
It said that the amount was above the threshold of the N10 million permissible by law and that the hotel was also not registered as Designated Non-Financial Institution, (DNFI).