Former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Tanimu Turaki (SAN) has pleaded not guilty to the fraud charges leveled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that the anti-graft agency had on Monday morning arraigned the Senior Advocate of Nigeria alongside his former aide and two companies on a 16 counts charge of misappropriation of funds.
The EFCC brought the defendants before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High court sitting in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
According to the anti-graft agency, the minister’s co-defendants are one Sampson Okpetu who served as Turaki’s special assistant, as well as Samtee Essentials Limited and Pasco Investment Limited which allegedly belong to Okpetu.
Turaki served as the Minister for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs from 2013 to 2015. The PDP chieftains also the Supervising Minister of Labour during the Goodluck Jonathan administration (2014 to 2015).