witness, Ibrahim Mahe, in the ongoing trial of Azibaola
Robert, cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan,
and his wife, has told a Federal High Court sitting in
Abuja that only former National Security Adviser (NSA),
Sambo Dasuki, can explain why OnePlus Holdings Limited
got a $40 million pipeline security contract.
recently retired as permanent secretary, Special
Services Operations (SSO) 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 office of the NSA, also admitted
that some other firms got security contracts in
excess of $40 million approved for OnePlus.
He however failed to tell the court presided
over by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba the names of the
companies that benefited from the remaining $560
million of the special security fund.
cross-examination, Mahe admitted that prior to crediting
the account of OnePlus with the $40 million, at least
nine officials in the office of the NSA minute on the
to Mahe, OnePlus was paid based on the conviction that
the firm’s security contract met due process
requirements, having been endorsed by nine top officials
of the ONSA.
Mahe told the court that the ONSA was not in the habit
of advertising security contracts, also admitting that
for security purposes, certain security contracts could
be given code names.
He denied being part of any bidding process for the
procurement of security gadgets, saying his
responsibility only entailed disbursing money already
approved for security contracts.
Meanwhile, the second prosecution witness, Olabode
Farinola, a compliance officer with Zenith Bank, while
being led in evidence by Sylvanus Tahir, the prosecution
counsel, informed the court that $39, 999, 985 was
received by the accused persons on September 10, 2014.
Uche, counsel to the accused persons, when asked if he
intend to cross examine the witness, asked the court for
an adjournment on the grounds that the defence was not
furnished with the witness statement nor was he listed
among the witnesses in the matter.
“It is in this that the matter was to be adjourned, and
as such, the defence cannot be compelled to cross
examine a witness it had no fore knowledge of his
testimony,” Uche argued.
At this point, the trial judge, Justice Dimgba had to
adjourn the matter to October 6, 7, 19 and 20, 2016.
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