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Procurement fraud: Court adjourns Emefiele’s trial until October 21

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, on Tuesday, fastened October 21 for the continuation of the trial of a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele.

The trial choose, Justice Hamza Muazu, fastened the date on the settlement of the counsel after the shut of the cross-examination of the ninth prosecution witness, Mrs Abibia Ockiya-Ogeleye.

Ockiya-Ogeleye, a lawyer, answering questions from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commision’s counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, instructed the court docket that she rendered some providers to the corporate, Architekon Nigeria Limited.

She instructed the court docket that in 2021, she filed the corporate’s annual report and in addition modified the director and shareholders of the corporate.

 

She added that earlier than the addition, Architekon had solely two administrators.

She mentioned, “Sometime in 2021 one madam Esther called me to effect a change in the company by adding her as a director of the company.”

She tendered a CAC doc, which contained the names of Margaret Omoyile, McCombo Omoyile and Esther Oyeladun Adeoun as shareholders.

She additionally tendered one other doc containing the file of switch from McCombo to Margaret, dated March 4, 2021, in addition to one other doc containing the decision of the corporate on Esther’s admittance as a director of Architekon.

The witness additionally introduced to the court docket a replica of an e mail she mentioned Oyeladun despatched her requesting that she be added as a director of the corporate.

Justice Muazu admitted all of the paperwork as proof.

The defence counsel, Mathew Burkaa (SAN), throughout cross-examination, requested the witness if she had a bodily assembly with McCombo and he or she replied no.

He requested her in regards to the signatures within the firm paperwork she introduced and if she noticed McCombo signal on it.

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She replied that she couldn’t inform whether or not they have been on the assembly and signed the decision since they have been despatched to her and he or she wasn’t bodily there.

Earlier, the eight prosecution witnesses, a Zenith Bank Compliance Officer, Mr Umar Tilda, tendered three financial institution paperwork earlier than the court docket which included a replica of Emefiele’s financial institution assertion.

Tilda, citing a portion in Emefiele’s financial institution assertion, knowledgeable the court docket that there was a N4 million switch from Emefiele’s account with the financial institution to Architekon on January 13, 2015.

When Burkaa requested him if he knew what the switch was meant for, he mentioned he didn’t know.

Also when requested if he knew that the accounts he listed as belonging to Emefiele have been wage accounts, investments, financial savings and dividends, he replied, “I wouldn’t know.”

He additionally confirmed that a few of the accounts contained Capital Interest Credit.

He additionally confirmed {that a} transaction of N15 million debit, dated April 13, 2015, in rely quantity 2020000064 was a part of litigation.

The court docket adjourned until October 21, for the continuation of trial.

The court docket fastened July 8, to listen to an software by Emefiele in search of the discharge of his passport to allow him to journey for medical care.

His lawyer had instructed the court docket that since he left workplace, he hasn’t gone for medical therapy.

Emefiele is dealing with trial on an alleged 20-count amended cost, most well-liked in opposition to him by the EFCC.

The embattled former CBN governor amongst others, is accused of utilizing his workplace as CBN governor to confer unfair and corrupt benefit on his spouse, colleague, Mrs Yaro and two firms; April 1616 Nigeria Ltd and Architekon Nigeria Ltd.

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