EFCC Docks Ex-Taraba Assembly Speaker, Others for N 267.49m Election Bribe

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Gombe zonal office on Thursday April 12, 2018 arraigned the trio of Honourable Mark Bako Useni, Hassan A Abubakar and John Danjuma Ali before Justice Filibus Bitrus Andetur of the Taraba State High Court, Jalingo on a 4-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy to procure benefit for public officers and corrupt receipt of monetary benefits.

While  Bako is a former Speaker Taraba State House of Assembly and serving member representing Takum constituency in the State Assembly, Hassan A Abubakar and John Danjuma were Head of Administration and retired staff respectively of the Independent National Electoral Commission, in Taraba State.

Mark allegedly received the sum of N45m for himself and Arc. Darius Ishaku the then PDP Governotorial candidate in the state, while John and Hassan received N267.46m from the $115m Diezani bribe to influence officers working with INEC Taraba State.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge

While adjourning the case to 26, 27 and 28 June, 2018 Justice Filibus granted bail to all the accused persons. The decision of the Judge was hinged on the fact that the EFCC had granted them administrative bail during investigation.


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