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Court remands Jonathan’s ally in prison

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 Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has ordered the remand of George Turnah, an ex-political ally to former President Goodluck Jonathan, in prison custody over an alleged fraud of over N3 billion.

Turner was also a former Special Adviser on Youths to the ex-managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Mr. Bassey Dan-Abia.

The accused person, who was clad in a white T-shirt and blue jean trousers, was brought to court on Wednesday by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Turnah, alongside seven firms, were arraigned on 12 counts bordering on obtaining by false pretence, money laundering and abuse of office to the tune of N3, 094, 268, 235.69 (Three billion, ninety-four million, two hundred and sixty-eight thousand, two hundred and thirty-five naira, sixty-nine kobo).

 

The trial judge, Justice Ibrahim Watila, had earlier dismissed the oral bail application of the accused person through his (Turnah) counsel, Amuda Kanika, SAN.

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