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Ex-Nigerian assembly member jailed 154 years

Ex-Nigerian assembly member jailed 154 years


A former member of Nigeria’s Kogi State Assembly has been sentenced to 154 years in jail by a federal high court in Kogi.

The high court found Gabriel Daudu, who is also the former chairman of the Ogori/ Magongo local government area, guilty of 77 out of 208 charges brought against him by the country’s anti-corruption body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The judge however ruled that his sentences would run concurrently, meaning the former MP will spend only two years in jail.

Daudu was put on trial 6 years ago by the EFCC on suspicion of money laundering to the tune of about 1.4 billion naira (approximately $7million), misappropriation of public funds and conspiracy among others.

The judge ruled that the prosecution proved Daudu is guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

The EFCC has only managed to secure a handful of convictions as it pursues its fight against graft in the country.

A number of prominent officials from Goodluck Jonathan’s administration have however been arrested and are facing trial.

Critics have accused Buhari’s government of targeting only the opposition.

It is however not clear if Daudu will appeal against the high court’s ruling and whether any of the stolen money was recovered.