Witness: Dikko’s 558m Naira Monthly Upkeep Not Documented

Dikko Umar, Air Force, CourtStar prosecution witness in the trial of former Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Dikko Umar, has told a Federal High Court in Abuja that the alleged sum of 558.200 million Naira he usually gives to the defendant as his monthly upkeep from the coffers of the Nigerian Air Force were not documented.

The witness, Air Commodore Salisu Yaushau, told the court in his evidence that the former Air Chief cumulatively collected over 13.3 billion Naira for two years as his monthly upkeep from the coffers of the Nigerian Air Force.

The witness, who was the Force’s Director of Finance and Accounts, also told the court how he assisted Mr Umar to acquire properties across the country worth over 2.3 billion Naira out of the monthly upkeep of 558,200 million Naira.

Under cross examination by the lead defence counsel, Hassan Liman, the witness said the payments made to the former Chief of Air Staff were not captured in the Cash and Votes Books of the Nigerian Air Force.

Air Commodore Yaushau, however, highlighted the fact that the former Air Chief was the final authority on all finances in the Air Force Headquarters and as the Director of Finance, he was answerable to the then Chief of Air Staff.

The defence counsel then tendered in evidence, a book titled “Manual of Financial Administration of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, 2012” which provides that receipt be issued on all payments made by any of the forces.

Although the prosecution counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, objected to the admissibility of the book on the grounds that it was certified as a public document by the relevant authorities, it was however, admitted in evidence by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba.

After listening to both parties, Justice Dimgba adjourned the trail on the case till March 28 and 29.

Air Marshal Umar was re-arraigned before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 7- count charge of Money Laundering Act, 2011, while he held sway as the Chief of Air Staff between September 2010 and 2012.

Alleged N4.6 Billion Fraud: Court Remands Fayose’s Ally In Kuje Prison

AMCON, Asset Management, Jimoh Ibrahim, Union BankJustice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja has ordered an associate of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, Abiodun Agbele to be remanded in Kuje Prisons.

He is to remain in custody till Thursday, August 4 when he will rule on his bail application.

Agbele was arraigned alongside three others before Justice Dimgba by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on an 11-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N4.6 billion allegedly transferred from the office of the National Security Adviser.

He however pleaded not guilty to all charges when it was read to him.

Arguing on his bail application, counsel to Agbele, Mr Mike Ozekhome (SAN) prayed the court to grant his client bail on self-recognition because the offences for which he is standing trial for are bailable.

He told the court that the applicant was arrested by the EFCC in his house and his international passport has been with them and was used as a condition for his administrative bail.

He added that the onus is on the EFCC, to show that if granted bail, the applicant will jump and urged the court to grant the applicant bail on grounds that he will be available for trial.

Opposing the bail application, the prosecution counsel, Mr Johnson Ojogbane urged the court to refuse the application on ground, insisting that the applicant will jump bail if granted.

He told the court that the applicant is a flight risk and had perfected plans to flee the country before he was arrested by the operatives of the anti-graft agency.

He, therefore, urged the court to refuse the application and instead commence accelerated hearing in the case.

Only NSA Can Explain Contract To Jonathan’s Cousin – Witness

dasuki, NSA, Jonathan's CousinThe principal witness in the ongoing trial of Barrister Azibaola Robert, cousin to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Ibrahim Mahe, has told a Federal High Court that only the detained former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki can explain why Oneplus Holdings Limited got a $40 million pipeline security contract.

Mahe, who recently retired as permanent secretary, special services operations in the NSA’s office told the court that he paid Oneplus $40 million out of the $600 million special security fund sourced from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Under cross-examination by counsel to Roberts, Chris Uche, Mahe, who admitted serving only 11 months in the NSA’s office, also admitted that some other firms got security contracts in excess of $40 million approved for Oneplus.

The retired permanent secretary, however, failed to tell the court ‎presided by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba the names of the companies that benefited from the remaining $560 million of the special security fund.

The retired permanent secretary said that he paid Oneplus based on the conviction that the firm’s security contract met due process requirements, having been endorsed by nine top officials of the NSA’s office.

Trial judge, Justice Dimgba has adjourned the case till October 6, 7 and 19 for continuation of trial.

Trial Of Former Interior Minister, Abba Moro, Stalled

abba moroThe trial of the former Minister of Interior, Mr Abba Moro, has been stalled following objections raised by the defence team over the admissibility of a document by the prosecutor.

Mr Moro is facing charges of corruption before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

At the resumed trial, the prosecutor attempted to tender a document through a witness, but the defence team raised objections saying the original copy of the document should be tendered.

Following arguments by both counsels on the admissibility of the document, which is a letter written by a former Comptroller General of Immigration, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba adjourned the trial to June 10, 2016.

Mr Moro and four others are facing an 11-count charge of money laundering.

They are accused of defrauding 676, 675 applicants of the sum of n676, 675, 000, being the aggregate of N1000 paid by each applicant to Drexel ahead of the recruitment exercise which claimed the lives of some job seekers.

Alleged N10 Billion Fraud: Court Grants Jonathan’s Cousin, Azibaola, Bail

Robert_AzibaolaA Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to Mr Robert Azibaola and two others who were arraigned on Tuesday, June 6 for alleged fraudulent involvement in a civil national contract amounting to the tune of N10 billion.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba admitted the accused persons bail in the sum of N500 naira each

Azibaola is a cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan.

They are to provide two sureties in like sum and the sureties must be an owner of a landed property in Asokoro or Maitama Districts of Abuja

The court further added that the sureties must provide evidence of payment of income tax for the past three years and the registry of the court shall verify the fulfilment of the bail conditions and report to the court accordingly for approval

The ruling was delivered before the trial of Mr Abba Moro commenced.

The accused persons are to be remanded in prison pending the satisfaction of the bail conditions.

Mr Robert Azibaola, Mrs Stella Azibaola and One Plus Holdings Nig Ltd were yesterday arraigned for allegedly collecting N10 billion for a fraudulent contract.