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Money laundering: Court adjourns trial of Kogi Chief-of-Staff Ali Bello, co-defendant

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Justice James Omotosho of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, adjourned an amended money-laundering cost instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission towards Kogi state governor’s chief-of-staff, Ali Bello and his co-defendant, Daudu Sulaiman, till July 15.

At the sitting on Thursday, EFCC’s witness, an Access Bank workers, Olom Egoro, was cross-examined by Bello’s counsel, Abubakar Aliyu (SAN).

During the cross-examination by Aliyu, the witness admitted to the court docket that there was no lodgement or withdrawal linked to Bello within the exhibit earlier than him.

The witness defined that the workers of the compliance unit of the financial institution should not those that run and preserve the servers of the financial institution the place info on financial institution transactions is generated from.

He added that it was the obligation of the financial institution’s ICT Department to handle the financial institution servers.
The second defendant’s counsel, Olusegun Jolaawo, (SAN), equally cross-examined the witness.

After the defence counsel accomplished their cross-examination, Justice Omotosho discharged Egoro from the witness field and adjourned the matter till July 15 and 16 for trial continuation.

Recall that on the earlier sitting, on May 6, EFCC’s counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo(SAN), had offered Egoro, who works with the Compliance Unit of Access Bank because the sixth prosecution witness within the case.

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Egoro informed the court docket that the EFCC, through a letter, requested for the financial institution statements of the Kogi State Government House for the interval of 2018 to 2021.

He stated the fee additionally requested for different paperwork, together with the account opening mandate for the account and certificates of compliance in respect of the printouts.

The witness thereafter went by the assertion of account, detailing the varied deposits into and withdrawals from the identical through transfers and money.

From his proof, Egoro had stated the withdrawals have been N10 million every in several tranches.

The witness, nonetheless, didn’t state who deposited the monies, what the monies have been deposited for, who withdrew the identical and for what function earlier than concluding his testimony on the final adjourned date.

Oyedepo tendered the paperwork by the witness which was admitted in proof.

Bello and Suleiman, within the cost marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/550/2022, are going through trial on a 10-count cost bordering on cash laundering.

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