- Former governor of Niger state, Muazu Babaginda Aliyu might not go for lesser hajj
- A federal high court sitting in Minna, Niger state turned down Aliyu's application of pilgrim
- Babangida Aliu is standing trial on eight-count charges for allegedly laundering ecological fund of about N2 billion
Niger state federal high court on Monday, April 16, turned down the application by former governor of Niger state, Muazu Babaginda Aliyu, to release his international passport to enable him travel for lesser hajj.
Daily Trust reports that Babangida Aliu and Umar Muhammad Nasko, a former commissioner of environment, parks, gardens and forest resources are standing trial on eight-count charges for allegedly laundering ecological fund of about N2 billion.
The former governor had at the resumed hearing in the case brought against him by the EFCC last Wednesday approached through a written application asking the court to grant him leave to enable him embark on the pilgrimage.
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But Justice Yellim Bogoro insisted that the former governor must always present himself at the trials.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the court ordered that the immediate Aliyu be remanded in prison custody until May 4.
Justice Mohammed Mayaki of the High Court sitting in Niger state also ruled that governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 election, Umar Nasko, be remanded in prison.
INEC official at Abuja court - on NAIJ.com TV: