Azibaola’s Trial: How N650m Was Paid to WEMA Bank By ONSA
The trial of a cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Azibaola Robert, his wife, Stella and their company, One Plus Holdings, continued before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja on April 27, 2017 with the presentation of the fifth witness by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Azibaola and his co-accused were alleged to have diverted $40million (Forty Million United State Dollars) purportedly meant for supply of Tactical Communication kits for Special Forces which was transferred from the account of the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, with the Central Bank of Nigeria to the domiciliary account of their company, One Plus Holdings.
Led in evidence by counsel to EFCC, Sylvanus Tahir, the witness, Folashade Ibrahim, a branch manager with WEMA Bank, told the court how N650million was lodged into WEMA bank by ONSA sometime in December 2015. .
Ibrahim informed the court that after crediting the account with the said sum, they received further instructions from Tunji Adeniyi & Co to transfer a total of about N647milllion to various beneficiaries including one Alhaji Garba Ahmed and Sanuha Investment.
She added that the balance of about N3million was left in the account at the end of the last transfer. According to her, the balance in the said account was around N200,000 before the deposit of the N650million was made.
Justice Dimgba, thereafter, adjourned to April 28, 2017 for continuation of trial.
Tahir, had earlier before the proceeding, filed and served an amended charge as well as additional proof of evidence.
The amended charge was read to the defendant, to which he pleaded not guilty. The amended charge has a total of nine counts as against seven counts contained in the previous charge.
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