By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
A former staff of the defunct All States Trust Bank, Adonye Roberts,Â on Friday told a Federal High Court sitting in Gudu, Abuja, that aÂ former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, illegally operated an
account with the bank.According to Roberts who is a prosecution witness in the caseÂ involving the former governor said he (Dariye) operated the account inÂ the name of Ebenezer Retnan Ventures, ERV, with the aim of concealingÂ his identity as the owner of the account.
Dariye who was the governor of the north central state between 1999Â and 2003 is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial CrimesÂ Commission, EFCC, before Justice Adebukola Banjoko, on a 23-countÂ charge bordering on money laundering and diversion of funds.
He is alleged to have siphoned the stateâ€™s ecological fund to the tuneÂ of N1.16 billion, diverting part of it to ERV â€“ an unregisteredÂ company run by him and in whose name he maintained a â€œprivate bankingâ€
account with ASTB. â€ª