Court admits exhibit in alleged N6.8 billion trial of ex-NAMA boss for fraud.
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos yesterday admitted, as an exhibit, the account-opening package in the trial of the managing director, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Ibrahim Abdulsalam, and six others.
They were accused of N6.8 billion fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
At the resumed hearing of the matter before Justice Babs Kuewumi, the second prosecution witness, Teslim Ajuwon, a compliance officer with Zenith Bank, tendered account opening package and statement of account belonging to one Felicia Nnenna Abubakar.
The EFCC had arraigned the accused persons for allegedly converting NAMA’s N6.85 billion to personal use. But they pleaded not guilty to the 24-count charge preferred against them.
Others standing trial with Abdulsalam are Olumuyiwa Adegorite, Segun Agbolade, Clara Alice, two limited liability companies (Randville Investment and Multeng Travels and Tours) allegedly used to defraud the agency, and Adegorite’s wife, Joy, the managing director of Multeng.
The rest accused are Bola Akinribido and Sesebor Abiodun.
The 24 amended charges border on conspiracy, fraud, forgery and unlawful conversion of funds.
However, when Ajuwon was led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Omewa Nnemeka, he also tendered account opening package and statements of account of other accused persons in the charge, but that of the former NAMA MD. They were admitted as exhibits B2 and B3.
Ajuwon explained to the court that Abdulsalam was not part of the inflows to the accounts tendered, adding that he did not tender account opening package and account statement of the second and third accused persons.
Upon conclusion of his evidence, Nnemeka, therefore, asked the court for an adjournment to enable them to bring two more witnesses.
Justice Kuewumi subsequently adjourned the matter till December 12 for the continuation of trial.
Part of the charges marked FHC/L/145C/2016 read that the accused persons and one Nnamdi Udoh, still at large, were alleged to have, between January 31, 2013, and September 3, 2015, conspired to induce the agency to deliver the sum of N2,847, 523, 975 to Delosa Limited, Air Sea Delivery Limited and Sea Schedules Systems Ltd under the pretence that the sum represented the cost of clearing consignments for the agency.
The EFCC also alleged that the defendants on December 19, 2014, forged a document titled: Guaranty Trust Bank Plc Apapa 2-Burma Road NCS Payment Acknowledgement Receipt Number: 05821082014177651.