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Monday, 23 September 2013

N25bn fraud: EFCC closes case against Igbinedion today

THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, will today close its case in the ongo­ing trial of Michael Igbinedion, the younger brother of former Edo State governor, Lucky N. Ig­binedion.
Igbinedion, Patrick Eboigbo­din and four companies — Gava Corporation Limited, Romrig Nigeria Limited, PML Securities Company Limited and PML Ni­geria Limited — are facing trial at a Federal High Court sitting in Benin, Edo State, over a N25 bil­lion scam.
In a statement issued earlier by the head of Media and Publicity of the anti-graft commission, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said three wit­nesses had testified for the com­mission.
The statement said: “At the re­sumed hearing on Friday, June 21, 2013, EFCC called three wit­nesses. The first witness, Mr. Ajoyo Sowale, an accounts of­ficer with Guaranty Trust Bank, identified various account state­ments and account opening documents of the accused and confirmed the lodgements made into the various accounts. He also told the court that he print­ed the various account state­ments and got them certified.
“The EFCC counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), further led the second witness, Mr. Eriyo Ama­diayagbon David, who was a per­sonal assistant to Micheal Igbin­edion, in evidence.
David told the court how the second accused, Michael Igbin­edion, instructed him on several occasions to make lodgements
efccinto his GTB accounts and those of Romrig Nigeria Limited and Gava Corporation.
“According to David, he usually received cash from the account­ant at the Government House and paid into the account of the second accused ‘and after paying the gov­ernment entourage, the remaining cash is usually given to the ADC (Aide-De-Camp) to the Governor’.
“The witness further identified his name on the printed account statement of Michael Igbinedion, which is part of the exhibits before the court.
“During cross-examination, counsel to the first accused, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), asked the wit­ness if he ever stole government money with the first accused, Mr. Patrick Eboigbodin, and the wit­ness told the court that he never did.”
Justice Liman adjourned the mat­ter till September 23 and 24, 2013.

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