Former governor of Niger state, Babangida Aliyu, and his ex-chief of staff, Umar Nasko, are free to go home for now.

A High Court in Minna, the Niger state capital, granted the former governor and his ex-chief of staff bail.

Both men had been remanded in prison by the court on Tuesday last week after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned them on charges of corruption and fraud.

The former governor and Nasko are being tried for allegedly embezzling N3 billion of the state funds while in office. 

Aliyu and Nasko allegedly diverted about N1.09bn, which was 16% shares of Niger State in the North South Power Company Limited.