Upon inquiry from the registry, Thenigerialawyer gathered that the trial judge was on assignment on election petition matters outside Abuja. Audu, who was originally arraigned since March 2013 is being charged along with one Alfa Ibn Mustapha on a 32-count charge which included stealing, criminal breach of trust and misappropriation punishable under Section 315 of the Penal Code, Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990. Chief among the charge was the allegation that while Audu was governor and the said Mustapha was the Director-General of the Kogi Directorate for Rural Development (DRD), they conspired to steal a total sum of N10,965,837,040 from the state “which you falsely claim to be payment made to Aresanmi Technical Industries Limited in respect of a contract allegedly awarded by the Kogi Directorate of Rural Development to the said Aresanmi Technical Industries Limited and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 315 of the Penal Code, Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990.”]]>

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