Former Plateau State governor, Joshua Chibi Dariye, is still wanted in the United Kingdom in relation to a money laundering case for which he was arrested and detained briefly by the London Metropolitan Police in 2004 while he was chief executive of his state.
A detective with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Musa Sunday, told Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gudu, yesterday that the case of money laundering for which the ex-governor was arrested, granted bail and was expected to report back, is still pending before the London Metropolitan Police.
Mr. Sunday made this declaration while testifying in the trial of Dariye, now a serving Senator, representing Plateau Central. He was governor of the state between 1999 and 2007.
He was arraigned on a 23-count charge by the EFCC.
The witness, while being cross-examined by Dariye’s lawyer, Garba Pwul, SAN, confirmed that the decision by the EFCC to investigate Dariye for alleged money laundering was informed by information provided by the London Metropolitan Police.
He said the case was still pending in London.
“The defendant (Dariye) was granted police bail by the UK police. And he jumped bail. The Investigating Police Officer, IPO in London, Peter Clerk was in Nigeria in the course of our investigation,” Sunday said.
The prosecution has indicated in its proof of evidence that current Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, may testify in the case.
He is listed as one of the 33 witnesses brought for the case by the prosecution counsel.

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