NAMA DG Paid N263m into Account without Contract, says Witness

 

On daily basis, Nigerians are being regaled with how the collective wealth of the nation was squandered by few men under the regime of the immediate past administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Thursday, a Compliance Officer with Stanbic IBTC Bank, Babatunde Adenekan, at a Federal High Court in Lagos, once more entertained the the court on how N263.4m was diverted by officials of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency between October and December 2014.

Givong witness, Adenekan said that the N263.4m was paid in four tranches into the bank account of a contractor, Delosa Limited, after which it was transferred also in several tranches into bank accounts belonging to some officials of NAMA.

He was the first prosecution witness before Justice Babs Kuewumi of a Federal High Court in Lagos, where the Managing Director of NAMA, Ibrahim Abdulsalam, is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for an alleged fraud of N2.8bn.

Abdusalam is facing trial alongside seven other officials of NAMA and two companies – Randville Investment Limited and Multeng Travels and Tours Limited.

The other accused persons are Adegorite Olumuyiwa, Agbolade Segun, Clara Aliche, Joy Adegorite, Bola Akinribido, Sesebor Abiodun and one Nnamdi Udoh, said to still be at large.

The EFCC alleged that Abdusalam and his co-defendants defrauded NAMA to the tune of N2.8bn between August 2013 and January 2016.

They were accused of inducing NAMA to deliver part of the money in several tranches to three companies – Delosa Ltd, Air Sea Delivery Ltd and Sea Schedules Systems Ltd – under the pretense that the money was the cost of clearing some consignments belonging to NAMA.

The offence is said to be contrary to Section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.

It is also said to be contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and were also liable to being punished under Section 15(3) of the same Act.

Upon their arraignment on April 12, 2016, all the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the 21 counts pressed against them.

After been led in evidence by the EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, the case was adjourned till May 30, 2016 for continuation of trial.

Author: News Editor

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