How Dasuki Laundered N2bn From CBN – Witness

The first witness, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Adariko Michael, in the ongoing trial of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki and four others in the alleged money laundering and breach of trust charges, Wednesday, explained how the former NSA moved N2bn in three tranches from the account of NSA with the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The witness in his testimony, informed the court that the anti-graft agency investigated the office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in September 2015 based on a petition received involving abuse of office and money laundering.
Michael said that the Commission went into action the same day by writing letters to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), requesting information on the movement of funds from the ONSA Account to various companies.
He further informed the court that the response from the CBN indicated that funds were moved from the ONSA’s bank account domiciled at CBN to two companies Acacia Holding Limited and Reliance Reference Hospital Limited.
The witness further testified that the funds were transferred in three tranches of N600mn, N650mn and N750mn into the account of the companies with UBA, Ecobank and First Bank Plc.
The EFCC operative further told Justice Baba Yusuf that letters were written to the three banks and the responses confirming transfer of the funds were also received.
He also informed the court that a letter written to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) confirmed one Aminu Baba Kusa as the owner and the sponsor of Acacia Holdings Limited and that the said company owner was invited and made voluntary useful statement to the EFCC.
All the documents relating to the transactions that led to the trial were tendered by the prosecution.
After the documents containing the findings by the EFCC were identified by the witness, the defence counsel objected to its admissibility saying the documents were not certified and therefore did not confirm to the provisions of Section 84 of the Evidence Act.
The defence lawyers unanimously argued that the documents from the various banks, as well as those from the Central Bank and the Corporate Affairs Commission all came in computerised forms without proper certifications.
Responding to their arguments, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, said the documents from the Central Bank had been certified by the Registrar General of the Federation.
He also said the other computerised documents were obtained with due consideration to the provisions of Section 84 of the Evidence Act.
Subsequently, the trial judge, Hussein Baba-Yusuf, aligned himself with the argument of the prosecution counsel and admitted the documents in evidence.
Meanwhile counsel to Dasuki, Ahmed Raji, informed the court of his intention to file a motion for consolidation of the two charges brought against his client by the Federal Government in the same court.
Raji informed Justice Yusuf that it is in the interest of justice and effective case management that the charges must be merged since they emanated from the same office of the national security adviser under the headship of his client.
Although the prosecution counsel objected to the indication of the merger but the Judge said that the two parties should allow the motion to be filed properly before argument can be canvassed on the merit or otherwise of the consolidation request.
Meanwhile further trial has been adjourned to March 16 and 17, 2017.

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