A prosecution witness, Tuesday, said he did not co-sign some of the documents admitted in evidence against former Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako and his son, Abdulaziz Murtala.
The witness, Remigus Ugwu, a staff of Zenith Bank during a cross examination by Nyako’s counsel, Kanu Agabi (SAN), Ugwu told the court that he did not certified or co-signs any of the documents he tendered on Feb. 20 in evidence.
He also said he was not testifying because the previous witness Olabode Farinuola, ran away from the trial, rather he was doing so because Farinuola resigned his appointment with the bank.
One of the defence counsels, Yakubu Maikyau (SAN), on his part reminded the witness of the oath he swore, to tell the truth and nothing but the truth.
Maikyau asked the witness why he pushed the Bible on the floor while tendering documents on Feb. 20, adding that it was indicative of the fact that he had no regard for the Bible and will therefore not tell the truth as he swore.
Ngwu however said he was a proud Christian and would never have intentionally pushed the Bible on the floor.
The other witness, Nsan Ogar, a staff of Access Bank, told the court that as a compliance officer it is his responsibility to ensure that a customer complies with the banking policy.
He added that as a result the bank often times accepted utility bills tendered by customers as requested even where they did not carry the customer’s name.
These he said was because the customer could be a tenant in the house he was living in and the utility bill will be in the name of the owner of the house.
On whether his bank queried any of the account through a letter to the CBN, the witness said he was not certain.
The court on Feb. 20 (Monday) admitted in evidence documents comprising statements of account and account opening details of about 30 account allegedly used by Nyako, his sons and the other defendants to divert funds.
Nyako and his son are standing trial over alleged N40bn frauds.
The father and son, a serving Senator, are facing a 37-count money laundering charge alongside two others, Zulkifk Abba and Abubakar Aliyu.
They allegedly diverted the funds from Adamawa treasury between Jan. 2011 and Dec. 2014.
The funds were allegedly diverted through five companies –Blue Opal Limited, Sebore Farms & Extension Limited, Pagoda Fortune Limited, Tower Assets Management Limited and Crust Energy Limited.
The companies were also charged before the court as the 5th to 9th defendants.
The court adjourned the trial till Feb. 22 for continuation of hearing.