The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) secured the conviction of a former member of the Kogi State House of Assembly and former Caretaker Chairman of Ogori/Magongo LGA, Gabriel Daudu, for a N1.4 billion fraud.
Daudu, who was first arraigned in April 2010, was prosecuted by the EFCC on a 208 count charge bordering on money laundering and misappropriation of public funds.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, who presided over the case at a Federal High Court in Lokoja, Kogi State, found him guilty of 77 counts out of the 208 counts and then sentenced him to 154 years imprisonment. In his ruling, the trial judge, held that the prosecution proved its case beyond every reasonable doubt, and therefore sentenced Daudu to two years on each of the 77 counts to run simultaneously.
Before the conviction of Daudu, prosecuting counsel, Wahab Shittu, tendered various exhibits before the court and brought 13 witnesses to prove the case against him.
Initially the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta had asked another Justice, Justice P.M Ayuba to take over the case but it was gathered the prosecuting counsel, Shittu had pleaded with Chief Judge Auta to review the decision.
The Chief Judge, thereafter, returned the case file to Justice Ekwo, who has now found Daudu guilty of the 77 counts.