Ill-health of Witness Stalls Trial of NIMASA Staff Over Alleged N2.8bn Fraud

The trial of a former Managing Director, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Ibrahim Abdusalam, and others charged with N6.8bn fraud was Thursday stalled due to the ill-health of a prosecution witness.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Abdulsalam and seven others at a Federal High Court, Lagos, for allegedly conspiring to induce NAMA to deliver the sum of N2.8bn to Delosa Ltd, Air Sea Delivery Ltd and Sea Schedules Systems Ltd on August 19, 2013.
It was alleged that the delivery was on the pretext that the money represented the cost of clearing NAMA’s consignments.
The EFCC said that between January 2 and December 17, 2013, the accused allegedly converted N191 million belonging to NAMA to private use.
They were also alleged to have converted N728 million between 2013 and 2015 to theirs as well as other sums.
Abdulsalam is charged alongside other NAMA staff members including a former General Manager in charge of Procurement, Olumuyiwa Adegorite, and a former General Manager, Finance, Segun Agbolade.
Others are a former acting General Manager, ICT, Bolaniran Akinribido, Sesebor Abiodun, and Joy Adegorite.
Also charged are two limited liability companies — Randville Investment Ltd and Multeng Travels and Tours Ltd.
The witness, Babatunde Balogun, a staff of Stanbic IBTC, whose cross-examination started from March 2017, was absent in court when the case was called on Thursday.
The EFCC Prosecutor, Idris Mohammed, informed the court that the case was scheduled for the continuation of cross-examination of the witness but that the witness was absent because he has issues with his health.

Author: News Editor

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