We found $1m cash in Badeh’s wardrobe, says witness

A prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of Alex Badeh, ex-chief of defence staff, on Tuesday told the federal high court, Abuja, that his team recovered one million dollar cash from Badeh’s house.

Goji Mohammed, the 15th witness to testify in Badeh’s trial, said he was part of the EFCC team, led by Isyaku Sharu, that conducted the search in Badeh’s house in Asokoro, Abuja.

Badeh is standing trial on money laundering offence he allegedly committed while serving as chief of air staff.

The witness also said the team recovered some bank documents, land documents, tax documents and few other instruments.

Mohammed said the commission received intelligence report on another property located at 6 Ogun River Street Maitama, which was found to be Badeh’s property.

He said they accessed the building by climbing the balcony, adding that the security man of the neigbouring house was invited to witness the search.

“When we climbed in, we were in the living area upstairs so we used the stairs and went to the living area downstairs and started our search from there,” he said.

“When we got to the biggest room in the house, we saw a wardrobe, on opening it, we saw a bag and on opening it contained foreign currency.

“We saw 16 bundles of 50 US dollars notes and two sealed bundles containing 100,000 US dollars which we estimated to amount one million US dollars.

“On further counting the money in our office we discovered it was exactly one million dollars.”

He said they also found a red box, which he could not precisely remember what was inside, but added that they also found two way bills of furniture supplied to the building.

When the prosecution sought to tender the search warrant, the red box and the way bill as evidence, the move was objected to by the defence team.

Lasun Sanusi, counsel for the defendant objected to the admissibility of the items, saying they were purportedly obtained from an illegal search.

Sanusi cited section 115 of administration of criminal justice act (ACJA) 2015, which states that the occupant of a place searched or a relation shall be at the house and see the items seized.

He said no provisions of law permitted state security agents to conduct search by looking for strangers on the street to witness it.

Sanusi said the law gave the owner of the property the impetus to nominate a representative to witness such search if he or she could not be present.

“My Lord, the witness had earlier confirmed that when they were to conduct search on the defendant’s house at Asokoro, they took him along to witness the search, why was this other one different,” he said.

“It is on record that the defendant was still in detention when the purported search was done in his house at Maitama which is a clear violation of the law.

“My Lord, we are not against the court admitting the search warrant as evidence but we vehemently oppose to the admissibility of the other items.”

On his part, Rotimi Jacobs, prosecution counsel, argued that section 149 and 150 of ACJA, which deals with house search warrant permitted the presence of two witnesses.

“This permission covers the person to whom the warrant is addressed and a neighbour within the neighbourhood the property is located.”

According to him, the provision allows the person to whom warrant is addressed to look for a witness in the neighbourhood.

He, therefore, argued that no provision of the law compelled the property owner to be present before a search warrant can be executed.

Okon Abang, however, adjourned the matter till February 22 for continuation.

Prosecution Against Justice Ademola, Others Alleges Harassment Of Witnesses.

The trial of Justice Ademola, his wife and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Joe Aginhas, has continued with the prosecution, alleging that his witnesses are being harassed; a situation he believes might affect the case.

The prosecution, Mr Segun Jegede, told the court that one of his witnesses allegedly escaped an assassination attempt the night before and that the said witness says someone had called him to broker a meeting with the defendants.

He therefore asked the court for witness protection because according to him, the witnesses are the property of the court.

Objecting to the statement, counsel to Justice Ademola, Mr Oyeachi Ikpeazu, said the tales being told were to continue to instigate media trial and prejudice the trial.

According to him, if any crime had been perceived to have occurred, the right thing would have been to approach the security agencies to launch an investigation and file charges if anyone was found culpable, rather than trying to court public sentiments.

He therefore urged the court not to listen to the prosecution.

Meanwhile, in a short ruling, Justice Jude Okeke said that the prosecution had complained that his witnesses were being threatened, but did not say who was threatening them.

Okeke further stated: “However, since he says the case is working the purview of the DPO of the Maitama Police station in Abuja, the court will not interfere with its investigation.”

He however added that for the sake of the trial, the Inspector General of Police is to provide security and protection for all the parties and witnesses in the case including the defense and prosecution to prevent any thing that would interfere with smooth hearing of the case.

Earlier, the court had ruled that even though the prosecution did not provide a summary of what its witness from a commercial bank will say, in regards to the financial statements of the defendants, in the interest of justice, the court will order the prosecution to attach the necessary documents required for the said witness to testify.

The defense counsels had urged the court to not allow the said witness testify in the case, since the prosecution did not comply with the law.


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How I Moved Cash For Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia – Witness Tells Court

The trial of Justice Rita Ofili Ajumogobia continued on Monday at the Lagos High Court sitting in the Ikeja area.

The first prosecution witness, Ademola Oshodi detailed in court how monies were paid and moved between the judge’s domiciliary account and her other accounts.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had accused Justice Rita Ofili Ajumogobia of unlawful enrichment, corruption by a public officer, forgery and giving of false information to an official of the EFCC.

She is standing trial alongside a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Godwin Obla, who was charged with offering gratification in the sum of five million Naira to Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia, a public official while carrying out her duties as a judge.

The accused persons had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

At Monday’s proceedings, the court proceeded with trial despite efforts by the judge’s lawyer, Mr. Wale Akoni (SAN), to halt the trial.

The SAN asked for an adjournment, on the grounds that he had a pending application asking the EFCC to provide him with some documents in relation to the case.

The prosecution witness told the court how Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia, approached his bank, Diamond Bank to open a corporate account for her company.

Upon verification, the bank found out that address she gave for the company, Nigel and Colive was an uncompleted building.

The witness, however, said the bank went ahead and opened the corporate account for the company in good faith because of the defendant’s position as a Federal High Court judge, and also because the property belongs to her.

The witness further detailed in court how he helped the judge move large sums of foreign currencies between her three accounts domiciled with Diamond Bank.

The defense counsel declined to comment on the day’s proceedings but the prosecuting counsel Rotimi Oyedepo did.

Presiding Judge, Justice Hakeem Oshodi has adjourned the matter till January 30, for continuation of trial and possibly the hearing of the first defendants pending application.

How Dasuki Paid Dokpesi N2.1bn Without A Contract- Witness

A prosecution witness in the trial of former chairman of Daar Communications and Investment Plc, Raymond Dokpesi on Tuesday claimed that he(Dokpesi) was paid without executing any contract with the Officer of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

Salisu Shuaibu, who was former Director of Finance in the ONSA, testified at an Abuja Federal High Court that the sum of N2.1 billion was transferred to Dokpesi through the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) in four tranches of N500m each.

Led in evidence by counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), Salisu stated that a contract would usually require an agreement with the company prepared by the legal officer at ONSA and approved by the NSA, which was not done with Daar.

He testified that on the four occasions, he was instructed by the then NSA, Sambo Dasuki to prepare the payment mandate for him to sign while he (Salisu) counter-signs. The document will then be forwarded to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for execution.

He said the processing of payment mandate for contractors of the ONSA began under the tenure of late General Owoeye Azazi and was used for the purchase of military hardwares, explaining that the contracts do not include media campaigns.

“This payment is the first time we are budgeting for media campaign in the Office of the National Security Adviser,” he said.

However, being cross examined by defence counsel, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Salisu admitted that the ONSA was not a procurement agency under the Procurement Act, but added that the office enjoys some exemptions in the area of purchase of military equipment.

The case has been adjourned to February 7 and 8, 2017 for hearing.

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Olisa Metuh denies paying media to launder Jonathan’s image

Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisah Metuh, has dismissed reports that he paid some media houses cash to launder the image of the former President, Goodluck Jonathan.

Recall that the media was awash yesterday with reports that his witness disclosed that Metuh, out of the controversial N400m he received from the Office of the Former National Security Adviser, ONSA, during the last general election, paid some media houses cash to launder Jonathan’s image.

But in his reaction, counsel to the embattled former PDP National Publicity Secretary, Barr. Ben Chuks Nwosu, described the report as “highly embarrassing,” stressing that it “did not reflect the testimony and evidence” by the fifth defence witness.

In a statement release on Thursday, Nwosu said, “Our attention has been drawn to a misleading report in a section of the media suggesting that the Fifth Defence Witness in the case involving our client, Chief Olisa Metuh, told the court that money was paid to media houses or their representatives from the controversial N400 million to launder the image of former President, Goodluck Jonathan.

“This report is highly embarrassing and does not in anyway reflect the testimony and evidence of the Fifth Defence witness, Mr. Richard Ihediwa in the court.

“What the witness told the court was that the sum paid into his account by Chief Metuh, who was National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the time was for payments for sundry advertorials placed by Chief Metuh in various media houses.

“The witness had earlier laid a proper foundation that media advertorials from the PDP are placed and paid for by the National Publicity Secretary, mostly in cash or through bank transfers to the media house through their representatives covering the party.

“The witness, who is Special Assistant to our client, stated directly and clearly that all the payments to the media were for advertorials, and that paying through representatives of the media houses was the normal practice in the media industry. He went ahead to present documents including bank tellers to justify the payments. The records of the court are clear in this regard.

“Furthermore, when questioned under-cross examination regarding the appearance of names of some journalists in the payment tellers, the witness stated clearly that the payments were for advertorial placed in their respective media houses and showed documents to justify the payments in line with the practice in the media industry.”

Nwosu insisted that the witness at no time while giving his testimony told the court that that “any media house or any representative/staff of any media house was paid in whatever form to launder the image of the former President as suggested in the misleading report.”

Speaking further, Nwosu said, “We find this particularly painful for the fact that since the arrest and arraignment of our client, he had never attempted in anyway to drag in any individual and/or organization in connection with his travail.

“Finally, while urging reporters covering the court to ensure accurate reportage of events and proceedings, we regret the embarrassment the unfortunate report must have caused the respective media houses or persons mentioned in the said misleading reports.”

We offloaded Fayose’s N1.2bn in 45 minutes – Witness tells court

Alade Oluseye Sunday, A witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has told the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja that it took just about 45 minutes to offload from the aircraft the N1.219 billion cash sent by former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro to then candidate Ayodele Fayose, ahead of the Ekiti governorship election.

Sunday stated this while giving evidence before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba in the case of money laundering by the EFCC against Abiodun Agbele, an aide to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.

Sunday, a manager and Head of Zenith Bank Plc, Akure branch, spoke today under cross-examination by Agbele’s counsel, Mike Ozekhome, SAN.

The witness had earlier testified that the disbursement of the cash, which took ten days to count was coordinated by Agbele.

According to Sunday, the cash, which was loaded in ‘Ghana-must-go’ and Diamond Bank tarpaulin bags, were delivered twice via an aircraft.

He added that, it took not less than forty-five minutes to off-load the cash on both occasions.

“In fact, I, Agbele and Abiodun Oshode (Regional Manager of the bank) were practically watching while the money was being offloaded,” Sunday said.

Answering another question from the defense, the witness insisted that the cash was bundle-counted and confirmed to be N1,219,490.00 (one billion, two hundred and nineteen million, four hundred and ninety thousand naira).

He added that, after ascertaining the amount, Agbele, Oshode and Adewale (Obanikoro’s aide) were handed a small sheet of paper which was taken to Oshode’s office where decisions were taken on how the fund would be disbursed.

NAN reports that further hearing on the case has been adjourned to January 25-27, 2017.

Agbele is facing an 11-count charge for allegedly diverting N4.6billion from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Witnesses in EFCC’s case against ex-Gov. Daniel refuse to attend court session

Hearing in the trial of a former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday suffered a set back as the prosecution again failed to present witnesses.

The EFCC Counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), explained that the witnesses could not appear in court because they said they needed the approval of the State Government.

Jacobs said the situation was a clear departure from the initial agreement with the witnesses and the others who had appeared before then.

He therefore requested for adjournment to be able to present the witnesses.

The defence counsel, Titilola Akinlawon (SAN), who remarked that prosecution cannot be an open ended game, but must have an end, argued that since the trial had been on since October 2011, it was wrong for the prosecuting counsel to still be chasing around witnesses.

Akinlawo , therefore, sought for the closure of the case of the prosecution, having given enough time and adjournment.

Justice Olanrewaju Mabekoje in his ruling said he was constrained in the interest of justice to grant adjournment to the EFCC to bring additional witnesses.

Mabekoje, however, warned that he would not grant any further adjournment.

He warned sternly against such occurrence.

He then adjourned the case to December 16 and 20, 2016.

Code of Conduct: Saraki lied over Lagos property – Witness

Prosecution witness, Mr. Michael Wetkas, in the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, said on Monday that the claim by Saraki that he bought a property in Lagos with proceeds of sale of rice and sugar was false.

Wetkas, who was being cross-examined for the 13th day by the defence, told the Danladi Umar-led CCT that the Senate President actually bought the properties at 17A and B, McDonald Street, Ikoyi, Lagos, in 2006 with proceeds of loans he obtained from the Guaranty Trust Bank.

Saraki is being prosecuted by the Federal Government before the CCT on 16 counts, including false and anticipatory asset declaration, which he allegedly made as governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011.

At the resumed hearing of the case on Monday, Wetkas was asked by the defence lawyer, Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN), to read from the various asset declaration forms completed by the Senate President and earlier admitted by the CCT as exhibits.

In his asset declaration form of June 3, 2011 which he submitted at the end of his second term as governor, Saraki, declared that he acquired the property in 2006, and five others in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996 and 2000 with proceeds of sales of rice and sugar.

Meanwhile, he earlier declared in his asset declaration form dated July 11, 2007 for his end of first term as governor, and at the beginning of his second term as governor, that he acquired the properties through loan worth N497m.

The witness explained that the loan initially obtained was structured to be paid quarterly in five tranches but that as the then Kwara State governor, he was obtaining additional loans from the bank which led to the subsequent restructuring of the loan.

Wetkas, as directed by the defence lawyer, also read from the GT Bank statement of the Senate President covering the period 2005 to 2015.

The bank statement was earlier admitted by the CCT as Exhibit 7.

Wetkas confirmed that Saraki obtained three loans in the sums of N380m, N380m and N400m in connection with the properties acquired by Saraki.

He said, “In 2006, the balance was N9,779,109. 79m before the loan was credited. This first loan taken was used to pay the one before. The loan amount was N380m.

“The property it was used to buy was worth N256.3m. There was five per cent charge translated into N12,815,000. It was liquidated on February 5, 2007.

“When the loan was liquidated, it took the balance to a debit balance of N231,552,804.93. Then another loan was taken of N380m on the same February 5, 2007. The second loan was taken to defray the debit. It now gave a credit balance of N98m.

“As of the 2007 declaration, there was debit outstanding of the loan of up to N300m, which was not declared in 2007 declaration. There were other inflows into account the purposes of paying.

“On August 27, 2009, the balance on the account shows an inflow into the account of N100m through banker’s cheque. On July 31, 2009, it shows that the account was in debit of about N93,933,654.15.

“After the inflow of N100m on August 27, it went into credit balance of N6,066,345.6. On April 30, 2009, the account was in debit position of N17m. The on the same date, there was loan disbursement of N400m.”

“Bukola Saraki lied about buying a house from proceeds of rice.” – Witness

Michael Wetkas, a detective of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday, said Senate President Bukola Saraki borrowed money to buy a piece of property in Lagos, but that he claimed the money was from the sale of rice and sugar.

Wetkas, while being cross-examined on counts two and three of the 16-count charge of false asset declaration against the senate president at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), said the defendant borrowed the money from Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB).

Paul Usoro,  Saraki’s lawyer, examined him.

Acknowledging the charge which read in part: “You (Saraki) falsely declared a property at 17 A and B Ikoyi, Lagos, which you said you bought from the proceeds of rice and sugar whereas it was a loan from Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB),” Wetkas insisted that it was? valid.

The EFCC detective said Saraki bought the property in 2006 from a loan of N400m from GTB, but that he allegedly did not declare it in 2011 at the end of his eighth term as governor of Kwara state.

However, Wetkas admitted that Saraki declared the property  in 2007 at the end of his first term as governor.

?Saraki had made several attempts to halt his trial at the CCT, but he failed at every turn.

He maintains that his trial is politically motivated.

The trial was in progress as of the time of filing this report.

Witness tells court how Ex DG of NIMASA, others laundered billions of Naira

An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) witness, Kanu Idagu, in the ongoing trial of former Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi, and nine others yesterday told a Federal High Court in Lagos how the defendants set up some committees to launder billions of naira belonging to the agency.

Akpobolokemi is standing trial alongside nine others on a 40-count charge bordering on conspiracy, fraud and money laundering.

Others facing the same charge are: Captain Bala Agaba; Ekene Nwakuche; Felix Bob-Nabena; Captain Warredi Enisouh; Governor Juan; Ugo Frederick and Timi Alari.

Also charged are two companies; Al-kenzo Ltd and Penniel Engineering Services Ltd.

They had all pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted bail by the court.

Idagu, an operative of EFCC, while being led in evidence by the prosecutor, Festus Keyamo, told the court that as head of the EFCC Special Task Force, he co-ordinates investigations, as well as carries out searches and arrest.

The witness also informed the court that the force received a petition in the last quarter of 2015, of some activities in NIMASA, during the period when Akpobolokemi was DG.

According to him, his team embarked on investigation and in the process, discovered that NIMASA had set up various committees some of which were used to launder monies through companies and bureau de change.

Idagu further testified that a committee on intelligence was set up and headed by the second accused, with an Access bank account number 0688939609 opened for the receipt of monies.

He said, “Between Dec. 20, 2013 and July 7, 2015, the committee received money in tranches running into 1.5 billion.

“The chairman of the committee raised several internal memos to the director of finance and accounts, wherein it was claimed that the funds were to be used for intelligence based security activities.

“The companies used in furtherance of these activities were either owned or nominated by NIMASA staffs for their personal use,” he said.

He told the court that one of such companies was Aler Integrated Services Ltd, whose alter ego was one Uche Obilor.

“Another company is Kofa Fada Ltd, a bureau de change company which the second accused instructed Obilor to transfer the sum of N10 million into.

“The sum of N2 million was also transferred into the account of one Al-Kenzo Logistics.”

How Abba Moro, Others Cut Cost Causing NIS Recruitment Tragedy– Witness

Despite raking in about N1 billion from sale of forms, only N45 million was released for the conduct of the tragic 2014 immigration recruitment exercise, a witness told the court on Friday

Tabugn Sylvanus, a retired Director and Secretary of the Board of the National Immigration Service, NIS, said N201 million was actually required for a proper conduct of the exercise.

Mr. Sylvanus also told the Federal High Court that a last minute adjustment made to the recruitment exercise moved the number of expected participants at the Abuja test venue from 6,800 to over 66,000.

Mr. Sylvanus is the second persecution witness to testify in court during the ongoing trial of former Interior Minister, Abba Moro.

Mr. Moro, who was also the chairman of the board of the NIS, is accused of defrauding hundreds of thousands of job seekers, who paid N1,000 each for the recruitment test.

Despite raising about a billion naira from the job seekers, the tests were poorly organised at different centres across the country, resulting in deadly stampedes with at least 18 deaths confirmed, majority from the Abuja stadium stampede.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said part of the proceeds of the recruitment fees was used to buy choice property in Abuja.

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Dasuki Authorized Payment Of $40m To Jonathan’s Cousin’s Company– Witness

A prosecution witness, Ibrahim Mahir, has testified that retired Col. Sambo Dasuki authorised the payment of 40 million dollars in favour of One Plus Holdings.

Mahir made this known when he testified in the case of Azibaola Roberts, cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday.

He said that Dasuki, a former National Security Adviser (NSA), instructed him to prepare a payment mandate of 40 million dollars in favour of the company.Roberts and his wife Stella were arraigned on June 8 on a seven-count charge of money laundering.

Mahir, who was the first prosecution witness, told the court that Dasuki had endorsed a memo to him with details of the company’s account.

“On Aug. 20, 2014, the NSA endorsed a memo to me which originated from the director of finance and administration in the office of the NSA giving bank details of a company called One Plus.

“The memo also gave details of the purpose for which the company was to be paid the sum of 40 million dollars.

“The NSA instructed me to prepare payment and my understanding of that was that I should prepare the payment mandate for One Plus for his signature.

“After I got the memo, I prepared the payment mandate, sent it to him, he signed and sent it back to me.

“The subsequent necessary action was for me to countersign, which I did and I sent it to the CBN for payment,” Mahir said.

Earlier, Roberts’ lead counsel, Mr Chris Uche (SAN), had applied for a short adjournment.

Uche said the adjournment would give him time to meet with his client to prepare his defence.

He said that when bail was granted, his team had difficulties in perfecting the bail conditions, adding that the conditions were only perfected last week.

He said they needed more time to prepare their defence because there were some documents that they needed to subpoena from the office of the NSA.

Uche also sighted indisposition as part of the reasons his team was asking for an adjournment.

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Farouk Lawan’s Statements Are Afterthoughts- Witness

A prosecution witness, David Igbodo, has told an FCT High Court sitting in Lugbe that statements made by former Chairman of House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on fuel subsidy, Farouk Lawan, are fallacies and afterthoughts.

Igbodo, who is a Commissioner of Police, Legal Section, told the court that the claims by Lawan that the Chairman of Zenon Oil, Femi Otedola, called him over 30 times and texted him and threatened to ruin his future political career with his presidency connection after the Adhoc Committee indicted his companies in the 2012 fuel subsidy inquiry could not be substantiated.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) is prosecuting Lawan for allegedly “corruptly” collecting $500,000 out of the $3m bribe he requested from businessman, Femi Otedola.

Lawan was accused of accepting the bribe in  exchange for the removal of Otedola’s company’s name, Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd, from the list of firms indicted by the House committee for allegedly  abusing the fuel subsidy regime in 2012.

At the resumed hearing today, the witness was asked by prosecution counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN) if the Police investigated the claims made by the defendant that he reported to the then EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde. The witness said they investigated this claim.

“He did report to the EFCC on the 28/04/2012 that some fuel marketers are bringing plane load of dollars to bribe the adhoc Committee. We also found out that the Chairman of EFCC asked him to come back for a sting operation if the plane load of dollars arrived. However, the defendant never reported to the Chairman of EFCC or any other security agencies that he has collected the sum of $500,000 on 24/04/2012 from Otedola which was caught on video”, he said.

He added that the claim that he also reported to the Speaker of House of Representatives was also found to be false. He said they found out that the then speaker (Aminu Tambuwal) called the defendant when the DG of DSS confronted the defendant with the video clip of him collecting $500,000 from Otedola.

He said it was at this point that the defendant knew he was caught on video and that was what generated all the afterthoughts.

“The whole story of a plane load of dollars started when it was revealed to him he was caught on video.”

He said they also investigated the claim that the defendant gave the $500,000 to Hon. Jagaba (then Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Drugs and Narcotics) including the $100,000 collected by the Secretary of the fuel subsidy Committee, Emenalo Boniface, and found the claims to be afterthoughts.

“We confronted Hon. Jagaba and he denied it. We brought him and the defendant together and he also denied it in the presence of the defendant.”

The witness said they also confronted the security man at Hon. Jagaba’s house who denied the claim  of the defendant that he was at Jagaba’s house between 3 & 4am on the 24/04/2012.

He said they investigated a letter “purportedly” written by the defendant to Hon. Jagaba  on 24/04/2012 by 03:47am and discovered that the letter was an attempt to cover the crime. He added that Jagaba denied seeing or receiving the letter. He said they also discovered that the letter was not signed to be received by anyone.

“We took a critical look at that letter purportedly signed by 3:47am and we found out that it was a lie and even if that letter existed, it was concocted”, Igbodo said.

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How Oronsaye, Others Diverted N14bn Pension Fund– Witness

First prosecution witness, Rouqayya Ibrahim, on Tuesday narrated to a Federal High Court in Abuja, how a former Head of Service of the Federation, Mr. Stephen Oronsaye, and some officials allegedly siphoned N14bn pension fund using about 66 illegal bank accounts.

Ibrahim, an investigator and an operative with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told Justice Gabriel Kolawole that the fraud was discovered in 2010.

Oronsaye was Head of Service of the Federation between June 2009 and November 2010.

Ibrahim said the methods used for perpetrating the fraud included payments to “ghost” pensioners and disbursements of funds for non-existing contracts.

She also said the scam in which about N14bn pension fund was siphoned was perpetrated through payments of non-existing allowances to fake members of staff and to the National Union of Pensioners and Association of Federal Civil Service Retirees.

The EFCC is prosecuting Oronsaye, Osarenkhoe Afe and three other firms on 35 counts, including illegal acts of “conducting procurement fraud by means of fraudulent and corrupt act on the contract of biometric enrolment”.

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Asset Declaration: Witness’ Absence Stalls Saraki’s Trial

The trial of the Senate President Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over alleged false and anticipatory assets declaration was today stalled due to the absence of prosecution witness, Michael Wetkast.

The trial could not continue today because the witness was testifying before Justice Ademola Adeniyi of an Abuja Federal High Court, in a matter brought against former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, and his two sons by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). This is contrary to reports in circulation that the witness’ absence was because he needed rest or because of the Senate President’s appeal at the appellate court.

Confirming the situation through an SMS, the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), said: “Our witness is busy before Hon. Justice Ademola of the Federal High Court Abuja in respect of Sule Lamido case”.

As at the time of filing this report, no new date has been announced yet.

It will be recalled that an appeal by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, challenging the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to try him over alleged false and anticipatory assets declaration was yesterday stalled at the Court of Appeal, Abuja as the panel could not form a quorum.

One of the three-man panel of Judges who appeared for the matter, Justice Moo Adumie, had told the court that hearing on the application could not  be held because the court cannot sit if a quorum is not formed.

While he did not give any reason why the two other judges were absent, Justice Adumie adjourned the matter to June 2, 2016 to enable the court form a quorum.

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I Stumbled On Dariye’s Money Laundering – EFCC Witness

All properties bought  with suspected stolen money by Joshua Dariye, former governor of Plateau state  have been confiscated by the United Kingdom government.

Also confiscated was over a million pounds sterling recovered from him and accomplices.

And on top of that, the former governor is still wanted in the country to face money laundering charge and the criminal charge of jumping bail.

Mr Peter Clarke, a former London Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner and EFCC’s key witness  made all these disclosures during his testimony  in the money laundering charge against  Dariye  on Monday  in Abuja, before Justice Adebukola Banjoko.

Mr Peter Clark, EFCC’s key witness in the money laundering charge against ex-Gov. Joshua Dariye of Plateau on Monday told an FCT High Court that he stumbled on the matter while investigating a credit card fraud in London in 2004.

Clark made the disclosure in Abuja at the resumed hearing in the trial of the former governor in the court presided over by Justice Adebukola Banjoko

Dariye had been standing trial in a 23-count charge relating to money laundering and diversion of N1.64 billion state ecological fund, among other charges.

Clark, a retired financial investigator with London Metropolitan Police, said this during cross-examination by Mr Garba Pwul (SAN), the defense counsel.
The witness said he was investigating a credit card fraud that led him to 28 Regent Plaza, Dariye’s residence in London.
He told the court that one Christopher Mekwunya was found in the house with 11, 560 pound sterling in a brief case, which Mekwunya claimed, belonged to Dariye.
Mekwunya, who was sponsored to study in London by Dariye, was prosecuted but later acquitted on money laundering charges since the money was not his.
Though Clark agreed that that there was no official complain about Dariye prior to his arrest in London, the Prosecution led by Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), produced pieces of evidence in respect of this to the court.
The documents included payment transfer instructions, and photograph of money seized from the ex-governor, which the defense counsel dismissed as `just pictures of pounds and dollars.’
“They have no bearing to the case and have no foundation whatsoever’’, he said.
Other evidence included cheques and bank drafts from Barclays Bank. Clarke told the court that Dariye maintained an account with Barclays Bank since 2005, but that there was less activity in the account until 1999 when he became governor.
He named one Joyce Oyebanjo as the person who operated Dariye’s account in London, paying bills and taking care of Dariye’s children’s private education. He said that over one million pound sterling was found in her account for which she was later prosecuted and sentenced to three and a half years in jail.

A lady, Christabel Bentu was confirmed as being Dariye’s Personal Assistant who was in possession of Dariye’s passbooks and flight tickets.
He said she was also found with 50,000 pound sterling in cash, which she claimed that out of the amount, 10,000 pound sterling belonged to her while the remaining 40,000 pounds belonged to Dariye.
He said that upon arrest, Dariye and Christabel were detained separately in the police station.
Clark said that during Dariye’s arrest, 11,995 pound sterling was found in his apartment which was also seized.
He also testified that various sums of money which the ex-governor used to purchase properties were traced to other account names.
He said that the properties were later confiscated.
The defense Counsel, Pwul tried to establish the reason why Joyce Oyebanjo was convicted of money laundering charges while Mekwunya was discharged.
He argued that since both of them claimed that the monies found on them belonged to Dariye; both were supposed to be convicted.
In answer to this, Clarke said that million pounds was greater than the 11, 560 pounds found on Mekwunya.
The case was adjourned to June 6 by Justice Banjoko for continuation of trial.



Bukola Saraki’s Assets Form Not Verified By EFCC- Witness

As the trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki continued yesterday, the first prosecution witness (PW1) admitted before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) that some of the exhibits he tendered earlier were not investigated by his team.

Mr. Micheal Wetkas, an investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), during a cross-examination by the lead defence counsel, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), admitted that he did not investigate the petitions in Exhibits 11, 12 and 13.

Exhibit 11, dated May 22, 2012, was a petition written by Kwara Freedom Network, inviting EFCC to investigate Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

Wetkas had earlier in his evidence in-chief informed the tribunal of the petition by the Kwara Freedom Network. But yesterday, he said that his team did not investigate the petition.

He in fact declined virtually every question put to him by the defence counsel on most of the documents he tendered, stressing that he did not participate in the investigations.

When asked to produce the petitions, Wetkas quickly told the tribunal most of them were oral and intelligence reports from sources who pleaded anonymity . He also admitted most of the intelligence reports he based his investigations on emanated from ‘whistle blowers’.

“Most times to the best of my knowledge, people who bring information prefer anonymity. If it was not in anonymity, it would be called a petition,” he said.

Also, Exhibit 12, which was dated May 7, 2011, was addressed to the chairman of the EFCC asking the anti-graft agency to investigate the Kwara State government on borrowings for projects described as phoney . Exhibit 13 was a petition dated June 7, 2012,? which was about the mismanagement of local government revenue in Kwara State between 2003 and 2011.

When asked if in the course of his investigations he had audience with the accountant general of Kwara State, the witness said he did not as that was not part of his assignment. When also asked whether he invited any official of the Kwara State government in the course of investigation, the witness said he did not. On whether he got another written document to buttress the petition written by Kwara Freedom Network, the witness also said he did not.

During further examination, the witness was asked why he tendered documents he did not investigate and for which he could not answer questions . He told the tribunal that he did not tender the exhibits on his own but that they were tendered through him by the prosecution.

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How Badeh Converted Stolen N558 Million Monthly To US Dollars- Witness

A former director of finance and account for the Nigerian Air Force has narrated how former Chief of Air Staff, Alex Badeh, authorised his aide each month to convert over N558 million stolen government money to United States Dollars.

Salisu Abdullahi, a retired Air Commodore and former director of finance and account, told a court that the man who converted the money monthly was brought in solely for that purpose.

Mr. Badeh is facing trial at the Federal High Court, Abuja, on allegations of fraud.

Mr. Abdullahi, who is a witness, had told the court during his examination that Mr. Badeh personally received over N558 million monthly.

The money was balance after payment of monthly salaries to Air Force personnel.

“Out of the balance of N1.6 to N1.7 billion, the sum of N558 million was taken to Mr. Badeh’s personal residence at Niger Barracks after it is exchanged to dollar,” Mr. Abdullahi stated.

Mr. Abdullahi further stated during cross-examination that the officer in charge of the said conversion of Nigerian currency into US dollars for Mr. Badeh, identified simply as Group Captain Sini, was ordered to be brought to his (Mr. Abdullahi’s) office where Mr. Sini’s main responsibility was to convert the said sum, on a monthly basis.

The dollars were handed over Mr. Abdullahi who took it to his principal.

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Saraki Was Paid Governor’s Salary By Kwara After Leaving Office- Witness

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) sitting in Abuja was informed wednesday of how Senate President Bukola Saraki continued to get paid his salary by the Kwara State Government after he had stepped down as the governor of the state on May 29, 2011.

Details were also laid bare on the numerous lodgments and transfers made by Saraki and his aide during his tenure as governor of the state, with some occurring several times in one day.

However, power failure at the CCT Wednesday forced Justice Danladi Umar, chairman of the tribunal, to adjourn Saraki’s trial to April 18, 2016.

The power outage happened when Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), counsel to the federal government, was leading a prosecution witness, Mr. Michael Wetkas, in evidence.

Prior to the outage, Mr. Kanu Agabi (SAN), the lead counsel to Saraki, had pleaded with Umar for an adjournment, but the chairman of the tribunal refused, saying he was ready to continue with the case until 6 pm.
However, the blackout did the work for Agabi, as the outage compelled the chairman of the tribunal to adjourn the trial.

Before the lights went out, Wetkas, a detective of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), while continuing with his evidence which started on Tuesday against the Senate president, claimed he (Saraki) received monthly salaries from the Kwara State Government even after he had stepped down as governor and had become a senator.
Wetkas claimed that Saraki received monthly salaries from June 2011, when he left office as governor of the state, to August 2015 when he served as a senator.

“In the course of our investigation, we wrote to Access Bank for them to give us details of the salary account of the defendant. The salary that was coming into the account was N254,212 as of August 1, 2007,” the EFCC’s detective stated.

“As of June 3, 2011, the salary was N291,124. On July 4, there was another payment with the narration Kwara State Government (KSG), June 2011 salary. The amount was N572,286. On August 29, 2011, there was another payment in the sum of N744,002 from the Kwara State Government,” he testified.

He added that on September 29, 2011 there was another payment of N743,942 with the narration salary payment from the Kwara State Government and with another payment of N1,165,468 as salary payment on October 27, 2011.

The EFCC witness continued: “In November 2011, there was a payment of the same amount. The narration was December pension; on February 1, 2012, there was a payment of the same amount with the narration for pension.

“The salary payments stopped in this account on August 31, 2015. The defendant left office on May 29, 2011, he became senator in the same year.”

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I Sold Car Used For October 1 Bombing, Witness Tells Court

Trial of the alleged mastermind of the 2010 Independence Day bomb blast that killed twelve persons at the Eagle Square in Abuja, Mr. Charles Okah?, resumed yesterday, with one of the witnesses, Ishaka Abba, admitting that he was the one that sold the car that was used ?for the terrorist act. ?

Abba who made the disclosure before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, testified as the eleventh prosecution witness. He was bought before the court by the federal government which is prosecuting Okah alongside his alleged accomplice, Obi Nwabueze.

Abba who could only speak pidgin-English, gave his Evidence-in-Chief through an interpreter. Narrating how the transaction took place, the witness, said it was the 2nd accused person, Nwabueze, that persuaded him to sale the Mazda 626 Saloon car to him. Abba told the court that ?he is an automobile electrician based at Oshodi in Lagos. He also identified the 2nd defendant in the dock, saying he had also disclosed the transaction to the Department of State Service via a statement he made on March 19, 2011.

Noting that the 2nd defendant firstly approached him on October 15, 2010, the witness said the transaction was however perfected two days later. He told the court that Nwabueze used the first visit to inspect the car? which he said was given to him sale by one of his customers.

However, while being cross-examined by the defence team led by Mr. Samuel Zibiri and Oghenovo Otemu, said he never had any encounter with Okah. Following an application by the prosecuting counsel, Dr. Alex Iziyon, SAN, trial Justice Gabriel Kolawole, yesterday, moved the court outside to inspect the charred car. Meanwhile, when the witness was shown the car, he said he could not recollect if it was the same one he sold to the 2nd defendant. Earlier, a Chief consultant Pathologist at the National Hospital, Dr. Jubrin Paul, told the court that he was the one that conducted autopsy on seven persons that died as a result of the bombing. Paul further tendered several documents before the court among which included list of the deceased victims and their autopsy reports. Justice Kolawole has adjourned further hearing on the matter till Monday.

It will be recalled that one of Okah’s alleged accomplice, Mr. Osvwo Tekemfa Francis, a.k.a ‘General-Gbokos’, died in prison custody, even as the high court in a separate judgment, jailed the 3rd accused person, Edmund Ebiware, to life imprisonment. The accused persons were initially arraigned before the High Court on December 7, 2010 and subsequently re-arraigned on January 12, 2011.

Okah and Nwabueze were said to have superintended over varying terrorist activities that hitherto took place within the oil rich Niger Delta region of the country, including the bomb explosion that rocked a post amnesty programme that was organised in Warri, Delta State. FG alleged that they endangered the life of President Goodluck Jonathan while Nigeria celebrated its 50th independence anniversary in Abuja.

They were said to have conspired with Henry Okah and one Emmanuel Allison to make a direct attempt to endanger the life of President Jonathan by seeking to drive two motor vehicles wired with time-regulated explosive devices to the Eagle Square where the Independence celebration was taking place.

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How I Bought N70m Property For NIMASA Director- Witness

A prosecution witness in the trial of the former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Patrick Akpobolokemi and others, Eboigbe Etiosa, yesterday informed a Federal High Court, Lagos how he helped one of the accused, Captain Ezekiel Agaba to buy a piece of land in Lekki in 2004. According to him, it cost N70million.

Etiosa who is an estate surveyor and valuer said he helped Agaba, who is the director of Shipping Development at NIMASA to buy the piece of land in 2014 at Northern Foreshore, Lekki from one David Anazodo.

“My Zenith Bank account domiciled with Eric More Branch, Surulere, was credited twice,” he said. Etiosa said he first received N40million on January 15, 2014 from Agaba through a company named Ace Prothesis Nigeria Limited and got the balance of N30million from Aker Integrated Services on January 20, 2014. The witness said he did not know the companies through which money for the land was routed.

“After negotiation, I forwarded my account to Captain Agaba and my account was credited. And it was this money that I used for the property,” he told the trial judge, Ibrahim Buba.

Akpobolokemi was charged along with Agaba, his aides Ekene Nwakuche and Governor Juan as well as Blockz and Stonz Limited, Kenzo Logistics Limited and Al-Kenzo Logistic Limited.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged them with converting N2,658,957,666 to personal use between December 23, 2013 and May 28 last year, to which they pleaded not guilty.

Also testifying yesterday, a branch manager of Zenith Bank, Bar Beach Branch, Victoria Island, Mrs Rita Ifeadi, explained how payments were made to NIMASA staff even though they were not signatories.

She had earlier testified that some bank accounts opened in the name of contractors by NIMASA were operated by the agency’s staff, and that NIMASA transferred several millions into the accounts, which were withdrawn or transferred by the agency’s staff.

She said an account for Aruward Consulting Services, opened in the names of Philip Enuesike and Ima Udo, were operated by Nwakuche and Juan.

Under cross examination, Ifeadi said an account could be operated by another person in certain circumstances besides the person whose name is on the mandate card.In such exceptional circumstances, she would counter-sign the cheques before the beneficiary will be paid.

She said: “There is an exception. In KYC (Know Your Customer), if you know the people coming to pick up the money, you can confirm it. For some of those accounts, I know who was coming to pick up the money, so I counter-signed the counter-cheques. Once I counter-signed, the teller could go ahead and pay.”

She said Juan, who she said operated the account, was not a signatory to it, adding that since she “marketed” NIMASA for the accounts, she knew who was coming to withdraw from them.

Ifeadi said the exception was made because the account opening forms for NIMASA’s accounts were incomplete.
“It’s a failing on the bank’s part not to regularise the forms. Such errors do occur. And it was not flagged by the Compliance Department,” she said.

She said when the case got to EFCC, the two “agreed they were the people signing on this account.”
Ifeadi said another account was also opened in the name of Extreme Vertex Limited, with Chukwuemeka Onuoha as signatory.

She said N11million was paid to Juan from the account, while N10million was paid to Al-Kenzo Logistics.
From the same account, N100million was paid to Kofa Fada Nigeria Limited (a bureau de change), as well as N85million, among others.

According to the witness, another account belonging to Southern Offshore Limited, with Phillip Okolo and Uche Obilor as signatories, was credited with N212.6million on February 5, 2014 and with N189.7million on March 14, 2014.

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Alleged N2.3 Bn Scam: How Ex-NIMASA Boss Asked Me To Share N121 Million- Witness

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday presented the sixth witness in the ongoing trial of a former Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi, and five others for the alleged diversion of N2.3 billion.

Others are Captain Ezekiel Bala Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Ameche Juan, Blokz and Stonz Limited and Alkenzo Logistics Limited.

At the resumed hearing Tuesday, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, led in evidence one Uchenna Emenalo, younger brother to Emeka Emenalo, the owner of O2 Services Limited, the company that was allegedly used to divert part of the proceeds from the Committee on International Shipping and Ports Security in NIMASA.

Mr Emenalo told the court that he approached the third accused person, Ekene Nwakuche, as a former school mate to help him secure any contract that his brother’s company, O2 Services Limited, could handled.

The witness further disclosed that after his discussion with the third accused person, he was asked to provide their company’s name and account details.

The witness told the court how, between March 2014 and June 2015, O2 Services Limited, received about One Hundred and Twenty One Million which he personally disbursed based on instructions from the third accused person, Ekene Nwakuche.

The third accused persons provided him with different account number into which the said amount was paid.

When confronted with exhibit P17a and b, which are documents that supposedly emanated from O2 Services Limited as Contract Application Document and Invoices for payment, the witness said the signatures on the documents were neither his, nor his brother’s. Asked whether any of the contract awarded to his brother’s company were executed, the witnessed said ‘no’.

Earlier in his evidence, Mr Emenalo admitted that O2 Services Limited is into Agro Allied Products and lacked competence in security related services.

The witness also denied knowing any General Manager, Field Operations at O2 services Limited as the company is solely run by his brother.

During cross examination, Joseph Nwobike, SAN, counsel for the first accused person, asked the witness if he runs any business by himself to which he answered, no.

Mr. Emenalo also confirmed that Mr. Ekene told him that the contract was security related but that their company would be registered as RSO, Registered Security Organisation.

E.D Onyeke, counsel for the second accused person, asked the witness if in the statement he made to EFCC he mentioned the email address of his brother or the address of O2 Services Limited.

Mr. Emenalo said he only used his house address in his statement as he was not asked the office address. The witness also said the same thing when he was asked if he gave the EFCC a copy of his brother’s company letterhead.

When asked by Mr. Adio, counsel to Ekene, whether he benefitted from the money that was paid into O2 Services Limited account, Mr. Emenalo admitted receiving the sum of Six Hundred Thousand Naira for Logistics and bank charges.

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Dasukigate: Metuh, Wife Bought N500m Property In Banana Island– Witness

A prosecution witness, Junaid Sai’d, on Tuesday told Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja how the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, bought N500m property in Lagos.

Mr. Sa’id said the money was allegedly transferred to Daniel Ford International Limited in two tranches of N200m and N300m for the purpose of buying a landed property at Banana Island, Lagos.

Mr. Metuh is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly receiving N400million from a former NSA, Sambo Dasuki, who is facing trial for his involvement in the $2.1 billion arms deal.

Mr. Sa’id, a member of the team that investigated the case, gave a blow-by-blow account of the activities carried out since the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) petitioned the commission, which include the following:  a correspondence with Diamond Bank Plc to obtain the mandate and statement of accounts for Destra Investment Ltd; correspondences with other banks to obtain mandates and statements of accounts of individuals and companies relevant to the case as well as letters to ONSA and the Central Bank of Nigeria.

 According to him, responses from the CBN and ONSA confirmed that the former was given the mandate to pay N400m to Destra Investment Limited for the purpose of security services.

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How Dariye Shared N1.2 Billion Ecological Fund- Witness

The trial of a former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a 23-count charge bordering on money laundering and diversion of funds, continued on Tuesday with a statement he made in 2007 forming the focus of the day’s proceedings.

His trial before Justice Adebukola Banjoko of a Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, Gudu, Abuja, commenced last Tuesday with the EFCC presenting exhibits, including the statement, as part of documents to prosecute the former governor for allegedly diverting N1.162 billion Ecological Fund meant for the state, to private companies and individuals.

In the statement, Mr. Dariye had acknowledged giving instruction to All States Trust Bank, (now defunct), on the disbursement of the said N1.162 billion fund, which had been released by the Office of the Ecological Fund and credited to the bank.

A document from the bank confirming the disbursement of the fund as instructed by Mr. Dariye was also presented in court.

In the document, the then state governor instructed that N250 million be paid to Pinnacle Communications Limited, PCL; N80 million to Union Savings & Loans; N550 million to the Plateau State government; N100 million to People’s Democratic Party, PDP, South-west; and N176,862,900 to Ebenezer Retnan Ventures, ERV.

Prosecution witness, Musa Sunday, who was cross-examined by G. S. Pwul, counsel to Mr. Dariye, told the court that the documents, including Mr. Dariye’s statement, were obtained in the course of investigations into the alleged diversion of the N1.162 billion Fund.

According to him, though during investigation the owner of PCL – a contractor with the state government confirmed the receipt for work done for the state, ERV was a company owned by the former governor, and actually got paid N160 million (instead of N176,862,900  as earlier instructed by Dariye) for no services rendered to the state government.

He told the court that during interrogation of Mr. Dariye, he admitted that the balance of about N16 million was shared between the then Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Nasir Mantu, who got N10 million, and the remaining N6 million given to the PDP in the state.

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How Metuh’s Company Was Paid For “Security Services”- Witness

A witness has told the Federal High Court in Abuja that the money paid by a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, to a company owned by the spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh, was for “security services”.

Mr. Metuh is accused of receiving N400 million from Mr. Dasuki, while he NSA.

Investigators say the money was part of $2.1 billion voted for the purchase of arms to fight Boko Haram, but diverted and shared to politicians and government loyalists.

The claim about “security services” payment to Mr. Metuh’s Dextra Investment Limited, was made by Bali Ndam, a legal adviser in the office of the NSA, responsible for drafting memos, vetting contracts, among others.

Mr. Ndam appeared as the third prosecution witness. The details of the security services were not clear.

Mr. Ndam said the NSA’s office, had in January, transmitted a letter to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, giving names of companies it awarded contracts to.

He said the letter included 78 companies and individuals, amongst them, Dextra Investment Limited.

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How Dariye Diverted N1.2bn Ecological Fund– Witness

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court was informed yesterday how, former governor of Plateau State, Senator Joshua Dariye collected N1.2 billion from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and did not deposit same into any account of the state government.

A prosecution witness and detective from the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Musa Sunday disclosed this yesterday when Dariye’s trial resumed after almost nine years.

Dariye was arraigned 2007 for various offences bordering on money laundering, abuse of office and corruption.  He pleaded not guilty to all the 23 count charge preferred against him but filed interlocutory appeals to scuttle his trial.
Dariye was then the governor of Plateau State when the offence was allegedly committed.
Before the case started yesterday, the trial Judge, Justice Adebukola Banjoko warned all parties that her court would not tolerate any application for frivolous adjournment.
In his evidence in chief, detective Musa Sunday, who was led by Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), informed the court there was a request from the UK Metropolitan Police which was referred to the Attorney General of the Federation with a petition to the EFCC.
The detective said the names of some banks were mentioned on the petition.
The letter of request from UK Metropolitan Police and that from Attorney General of the Federation’s office were sent to EFCC under its former chairman Nuhu Ribadu.
According to him, as the team received the letter, they moved on the request to the mentioned banks. “First we went to All States Trust bank where we met the manager who made the account available to us and we also collected the mandate card for the account which was opened in the name of Haruna Dariye as signatory to the account.
“The signature on the mandate was signed by the accused Senator Dariye. An officer in charge of the account was arrested by EFCC to assist the commission identify “Haruna Dariye.”’
According to him, “The circumstance in which the said account was opened in All States Trust Bank was suspicious because there was no picture in the mandate card. We confirmed that waivers were given to Dariye not to use his passport photograph.”
Meanwhile the matter continues today.

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Alleged Murder: Witness Seeks Fayose’s Aides’ Probe

The star witness in the alleged murder of former Ekiti State National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Chairman Omolafe Aderiye has spoken of how he was “tutored” to implicate eight persons accused of complicity in the crime.

The late Aderiye’s Personal Assistant, Gbolahan Okeowo, revealed that he secretly recorded the voices of the two aides of Governor Ayo Fayose whom he accused of “tutoring” him to write another statement which indicted the accused.

On trial for the ex-NURTW boss’ murder are: Bayo Aderiye (aka Ojugo), Niyi Adedipe (aka Apase), Sola Durodola, Oso Farotimi, Ajayi Kayode, Sola Adenijo (aka Solar) and Rotimi Olanbiwonnu (aka Mentilo).

Also implicated in the murder is a security aide to former Governor Kayode Fayemi, Deji Adesokan (aka Jarule) who has been declared wanted for Omolafe’s murder.

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