Abeokuta — Former governor of Ogun state, Gbenga Daniel was freed of corruption charges because of a technical loophole on the part of the Nigerian anti-corruption agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFCC had alleged over 43 charges including financial misappropriation and abuse of office.
The court ruled that the anti-graft body failed to follow due process in the amendment of the initial charges brought against him. The judge said the commission failed to disclose enough information connecting the charges with proof of evidence.
The judge also condemned the adverse publicity mounted by the EFCC in print and news media was another factor prejudicial to a fair hearing.
Daniel’s lead counsel said that he would confront the EFCC again if the commission decides to file new charges against Daniel. He maintained that justice had been done by the court.