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N4.9bn fraud:  EFCC witness testifies against Fani-Kayode, others

WITNESS of the Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has testified against the former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, ex-minister of finance, Nenadi Usman and two others as the trial resumed on Tuesday.

Shehu Shuaibu told the court that the ministry of external affairs paid N800 million to a company, Joint Dimensions Limited with the absence of evidence of the contract.

Femi Fani-Kayode, Nenadi Usman, Danjuma Yusuf and Joint Trust Dimensions Limited appeared before the court as 1st, 2nd,3rd and 4th defendants respectively on 17 counts.

While the defendants pleaded not guilty, Shuaibu led by the EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo presented Exhibit E8 which is the statement of account that belongs to Joint Trust Dimensions Limited.

Shuaibu said he found, from the statement of account, an inflow of N800m from the Ministry of External Affairs on January 16, 2015, which one Darbisu and one Benjamin were signatories to the firm’s account.

He said the two signatories are ex-officials of the Ministry of External Affairs, adding that they currently work with the National Intelligence Agency.

Under cross-examination, Shuaibu agreed with the first defence counsel, Chief Ferdinand Orbih (SAN), that “neither of the defendants had any input in making entries in Exhibit E8.”

The Judge, however, adjourned till October 31, 2019, for the continuation of trial.

Fani-Kayode and the others are being prosecuted in connection with campaign funding for the failed re-election bid of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.

Fani-Kayode was the Director of Publicity of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential campaign organisation for the 2015 election and was accused of conspiring with the others to, directly and indirectly, retain various sums which according to the EFCC, were proceeds of crime.

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One of the counts read that Fani-Kayode, Nenadi Usman and others are being prosecuted for conspiring among themselves to indirectly retain the sum of N1,500,000,000.00 which sum they reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: stealing.

According to the EFCC, the four allegedly retained N300m, N400m and N800m respectively, which are all proceeds of corruption.

 

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