N1.2bn fraud: Ex-banker admits Dariye operated account illegally

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

A former staff of the defunct All States Trust Bank, Adonye Roberts, on Friday told a Federal High Court sitting in Gudu, Abuja, that a former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, illegally operated an
account with the bank.According to Roberts who is a prosecution witness in the case involving the former governor said he (Dariye) operated the account in the name of Ebenezer Retnan Ventures, ERV, with the aim of concealing his identity as the owner of the account.

Dariye who was the governor of the north central state between 1999 and 2003 is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before Justice Adebukola Banjoko, on a 23-count charge bordering on money laundering and diversion of funds.

He is alleged to have siphoned the state’s ecological fund to the tune of N1.16 billion, diverting part of it to ERV – an unregistered company run by him and in whose name he maintained a “private banking”
account with ASTB. ‪

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