CRIME

Former Minister Turaki Arraigned by the EFCC for Charges of Fraud

The former Minister for Special Duties and Inter-government Affairs, Mr. Kabiru Turaki has been arraigned before a Federal High Court Magistrate sitting in Abuja, for alleged fraud.

Justice Inyang Ekwo is the presiding judge over the case involving Turaki and his former Special Assistant, Sampson Okpetu, and two firms – Samtee Essentials Limited and Pasco Investment Limited – on a 16-count charge.

According to the EFCC, Turaki allegedly used the two companies belonging to his aide, to illegally siphon funds.

Justice Ekwo adopted all the terms and conditions in the administrative bail that was earlier granted to him by the EFCC, while delivering his verdict on the case.

Part of his ruling directed the EFCC to transfer the terms of the bail to the court’s registry. While the defendant was not to travel out of the country without permission from the court.

The judge adjourned the matter until June 22 for trial.

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