Witness Tells Court How NAMA Officials Diverted N263m In Three Months

ObazeeA prosecution witness in the on-going trial of the Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Ibrahim Abdulsalam and six others, Babatunde Adenekan, on Thursday told a Federal High Court in Lagos how the officials of the agency allegedly diverted N263.4m between October and December 2014.

Adenekan, who is a Compliance Officer with Stanbic IBTC Bank, told the trial judge, Justice Babs Kuewumi that the N263.4m was paid in four tranches into the bank account of a contractor, Delosa Limited, after which it was transferred also in several tranches into bank accounts belonging to some officials of NAMA.

Abdulsalam was arraigned before the court alongside Adegorite Olumuyiwa, Agbolade Segun, his wife, Joy, Ayodele Adegorite, who is the Managing Director of Multeng Travels and Tours Limited, Clara Aliche, and two Limited Liability companies Randville Investment Limited, Multeng Travels and Tours Limited by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), on a 24 count charge of conspiracy and fraud.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charge and were admitted to bail in the sum of N20 million with one surety in like sum each.

Adenekan, who is the first prosecution witness, while being led in evidence by the EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, said, “On October 16, 2014, N38.8m came into Delosa’s account. That same day, N9m in four places were transferred into Randville Investment Limited account. That same day, N2.3m was also paid into Randville account.

“On November 11, 2014, N98.2m came into Delosa’s account. On that day, N9m in three places were transferred to Randville. Another N3m was transferred to Randville the same day, while N7.8m was transferred to Multeng and Tours Limited.

“On December 3, 2014, N88.9m came in. The same day, N9m in four places were transferred to Randville and another N2.5m was transferred to Randville.

“On December 7, 2014, N37.5m came into Delosa’s account from the Central Bank of Nigeria. On the 18th, N10m in three places were transferred to Randville Investment Limited and later another N7m on the same day,” Adenekan testified.

The witness also identified the 3 defendants, Agbolade Segun, and his wife, Susan, as the signatory to the 10 fixed deposit accounts operated by Randville Investment Limited.

Justice Kuewumi has adjourned the matter till May 30 for continuation of trial.

In the 24 count charge marked FHC/ L/ 145C/2016, it was alleged that all the accused persons and one Nnamdi Udoh still at large between January 31, 2013 and September 3, 2015, with intent to defraud and by false pretence conspired together to induce the Agency to deliver the sum of N2.8 billion, to Delosa Limited, Air Sea Delivery Limited and Sea Schedules Systems Ltd under the pretence that the said sum represented the cost of clearing consignments belonging to the Agency.

The accused persons were also alleged to have converted various sums of money amounting to over N4m belonging to the Agency, to their personal use.

Alleged Fraud: Court Defers Trial Of NAMA Boss, Others

Court-NAMAA Federal High Court in Lagos has adjourned hearing on the trial of the Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and six other persons till May 12.

Mr Ibrahim Abdulsalam and the other accused persons appeared before Justice Babs Kuewumi on Wednesday over an alleged fraud of 6850 billion Naira.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Abdulsalam alongside Adegorite Olumuyiwa, and his wife who is the Managing Director of Multeng Travels and Tours Limited, Joy Ayodele Adegorite on a 24-count charge bordering on alleged fraud.

Other accused persons are Agbolade Segun, Clara Aliche, and two limited liability companies, Multeng Travels and Tours Limited, as well as Randville Investment Limited.

At the resumed trial of the accused persons, their lawyers led by Mr Wale Akoni, urged the court to grant a very short adjournment to enable them study the ‘bulky’ proof of evidence served on them by the prosecution.

Lawyers to the other accused persons, Dunkwa A, Lanre Olayinka, and Abiodun Julius, informed the court that it had been extremely difficult to gain access to their clients at the prisons’ facilities where they were being remanded.

According to them, the situation has made it impossible for them to perfect the bail terms.

The lawyers lamented that their clients’ detention had also compounded their inability to understand the proof of evidence, urging the court to grant their application for adjournment.

In a swift reaction, the EFCC prosecutor, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, vehemently opposed the application for adjournment while urging the court to dismiss same.

“We are opposing the application for adjournment. We found out that the applications lack merit and should be dismissed,” Oyedepo said.

The EFCC prosecutor further informed the court that the ground on which the applications for adjournment was made was overstretched.

He urged the court to dismiss the application for adjournment, and allow the trial to commence.

In his ruling, Justice Kuewumi conceded to the accused persons’ application for adjournment and deferred the trial till May 12.

The accused persons were also alleged to have converted various sums of money amounting to 4,003 billion Naira belonging to NAMA to their personal use.

NAMA Boss, Five Others In Court For Alleged 6.9bn Naira Fraud

High-court on NAMA boss others trialThe Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), four other officials of the agency and an official’s wife are facing trial for allegedly stealing 6.9 billion Naira.

They are facing a 21-count charge of conspiracy, forgery and money laundering brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

The accused persons are the Managing Director of the agency, Ibrahim Abdulsalam, a former Managing Director, who is said to be at large, Nnamdi Udoh, the General Manager, Procurement, Adegorite Olumuyiwa, the General Manager, Finance, Agbolade Segun, a Director of Finance, Clara Aliche and the wife of the General Manager for Procurement, Joy Ayodele Adegorite.

They were arraigned on Thursday alongside two companies Randville Investment Limited and Multeng Travels and Tours Limited.

The companies were allegedly used as conduit pipes to defraud the Agency, the anti-graft agency claimed.

According to the anti-graft agency, the accused persons allegedly conspired to steal the 6,922,676,815 Naira from NAMA.

When the charge was read to the accused persons, they all pleaded not guilty.

Prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, then asked the court to remand the accused persons in prison and grant a short trial date.

The lawyers for the accused persons pleaded with the court to remand their client in the EFCC custody pending the hearing of their bail applications but Justice Kuewunmi upheld the objection of the prosecution and ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison.

He adjourned to April 12 for hearing of the bail applications.

Lawyers to the accused persons did not comment on the matter but counsel to the EFCC, who spoke to Channels Television’s correspondent, Shola Soyele, said the commission filed charges against the accused persons after investigating petitions written against them.