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.