Mrs Mary P. Momoh, the sixth prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of former Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, told a Federal High Court in Abuja, Wednesday, said she never paid money into the account of the defendants, Nyako, his son, Abdulaziz, alongside two others, Zulkifik Abba and Abubakar Aliyu,including companies allegedly used in diverting the sum.
The father and son, who is a serving senator are facing a 37-count money laundering charges, alongside two others, Zulkifik Abba and Abubakar Aliyu, over alleged N40bn fraud.
They allegedly diverted the funds from the Adamawa treasury between January 2011 and December 2014.
The funds were allegedly diverted through five companies – Blue Opal Limited, Sebore Farms & Extension Limited, Pagoda Fortunes Limited, Tower Assets Management Limited and Crust Energy Limited.
The companies were also charged before the court as the 5th to 9th defendants.
Mrs. Momoh, who works with the Adamawa State Government as a cashier, in her evidence, Wednesday, led by the prosecution counsel, Oluwaleke Atolabe, painted a graphic picture of how vouchers were raised for various sums of money, said she was always given instructions by the Permanent Secretary and Director of Finance in the Adamawa Government House on how the money after cashing were disbursed.
When cross examined by the counsel to the first defendant, Ibrahim Ishiaku whether she ever paid money into the accounts of the defendant, she answered in the negative
Asked if she ever gained from the money she cashed, she said she never did.
She said all her role in the cash disbursements were in her schedule of work.
Momoh, who works in Special Service Unite in Government House, said: “I receive memo from Director and Permanent Secretary, I will dispatch the money through the accounting officer, I follow directives as how to disburse the money”
On the last adjourned date the court had admitted in evidence documents comprising account opening documents and statements of account of over 30 accounts allegedly used by Nyako.
The documents were produced by a prosecution witness, Remigius Ugwu, a staff of Zenith Bank.
Ugwu told the court that as a compliance officer of the bank, he worked closely with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Department of State Security and the Nigeria Police.
According to him, I respond to their enquiries and request in respect to customers’ accounts.
Ugwu told the court that he worked together with a former prosecution witness, Mr Olabode Farinuola who in the course of the trial went on annual leave and subsequently resigned his appointment with the bank.
Meanwhile, the trial Judge, Justice Okon Abang adjourned till March 23 for continuation of trial.