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Ex-Governor Ahmed Rufai Sani to face trial for alleged N1billion fraud


Former Zamfara State Governor Ahmed Rufai Sani is set to face trial for alleged mismanagement of N1billion loan meant for the repair of Gusau Dam in 2006.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has filed 19 charges against the ex-governor in the High Court of Zamfara State. Sani left office about nine years ago.

He will be tried along with three others — Alhaji Hashim A. Dikko, Development Management Limited and HAD Nigeria Limited. About N425, 491,736.75 of the N1billion was allegedly diverted to other purposes, including assistance to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), furniture allowance, consultancy fee, Ramadan feeding, Hajj and purchase of cars.

Investigation revealed that only N574, 508,263.25 was purportedly utilized for flood disaster related matters.

Sani, a leading advocate of Sharia law whose administration amputated a cow thief, Buba Jangebe, Sani will be tried under the common law.

If convicted, he is liable to a five years imprisonment without an option of fine.


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