A former governor of Kaduna State, Muktar Yero, was on Tuesday re-arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He was re-arraigned before Justice M.G Umar of the Federal High Court, Kaduna, on eight-count amended charges of money laundering.
The EFCC is prosecuting the former governor alongside a former Minister of State for Power, Nuhu Wya; former Secretary to Kaduna State Government, Ishaq Hamsa; and former Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party in the state, Haruna Gaiya for their alleged sharing of N700 million purportedly given to them by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
The former minister is said to have given them the money influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential election.
In a statement by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, on Tuesday, he said that the re-arraignment of the accused persons followed the transfer of the former trial judge, Justice Zainab Abubakar, to another division of the Federal High Court.
When their matter came up, the prosecuting counsel, Nasiru Salele, told the court that the case was for re-arraignment of the defendants and urged the court to ask them to take their pleas.
Wilson said in the statement, “The eight- count charges were read to the defendants and they all pleaded not guilty. In view of their pleas, the prosecuting counsel asked the court to fix a date for trial.
“But the defence counsel drew the attention of the court to the previous bail granted the defendants, asking that the status quo be sustained which the prosecution counsel did not oppose. The court consequently adopted the bail earlier granted the defendants and adjourned till October 13, 2021 for commencement of trial.”