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Maimuna Aliyu temporarily escapes arraignment due to judges’ conference

The trial of Maimuna Aliyu, the rejected nominee to the board of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), slated to begin on Tuesday has been adjourned to December 5.

A court clerk told journalists at the premises of the Federal High Court, Jabi, Abuja, where the case was expected to come up, that the trial judge, Justice M. A. Nasir, was attending a conference.

The ICIR was able to establish that judges in other FCT courts were also out of town attending the unnamed conference.

Aliyu, who is being prosecuted by the ICPC for allegedly pocketing N57 million proceeds of the sale of three plots of land she sold off on behalf of Aso Savings and Loans Ltd, was also not in court.

As exclusively reported by the ICIR on Monday, she is currently in hiding.

A three-count charge of abuse of office, misappropriation of public funds and criminal breach of trust was slammed against her on August 15 by the ICPC.

She is also accused of making  false statement to officials of the Commission, all contrary to Sections 19 and 25(1) (a) & (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000; and Section 311 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Laws of Northern Nigeria 1990.

Maimuna was one of 14 persons nominated on August 1 by then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to the ICPC board, but she was dropped after an exclusive report by the ICIR detailing how the ICPC was investigating her — as well as Sa’ad Alanamu — for multimillion-naira corruption.

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