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Nyame spent money outside budgetary provisions – Witness

A defence witness, Aminu Ayuba, on Monday told an FCT High Court, Gudu, that former Governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame, spent money outside budgetary provisions.

Ayuba, the acting Accountant General of Taraba, spoke during the continuation of cross examination by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN).

Nyame is standing trial for alleged misappropriation of state funds to the tune of N1.64 billion during his tenure as governor of Taraba.

The witness was cross examined based on the exhibits he tendered on May 22.

These exhibits were the 2007-2009 Taraba Financial Report and Audited Accounts of the Office of the Accountant General of Taraba.

These exhibits were marked as NN1-NN3 and were admitted as evidence.

In the 2007 audited account, the prosecution established that a deficit of N16.8billion was recorded in the 2007 report.

The money budgeted for the governor’s office was N100million, but N2.1billion was spent.

The witness added that the ex-governor approved purchase of grains (rice, beans, maize and guinea-corn) to the tune of N24.3 million for people of Taraba.

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