By Michael Ojo
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday tender an account statement of former Administrative Secretary of INEC in Kwara State, Christian Nwosu through its investigator Usman Zakari showing the account that wharehoused the sum of N30million he benefitted and which was paid into his Diamond and Union bank account 17m and 13m respectively.
The monies was alleged to be part of funds released by former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke to manipulate the 2015 presidential elections in Kwara State.
At the resumption of proceeding, counsel to Abdullahi Idris applied to tender the statement account through the prosecution witness.
Zakari had earlier tendered some titled documents of land alleged to have been acquired through proceeds of an unlawful transactions in October last year which was attached in a break down plea bargain that was earlier moved by the embattled former INEC staff.
Counsel to Christian Nwosu, Victor Opara as well as 2nd defendant’s counsel did not object to the admissibility of the document on the ground that the order of court to certify the document at the last adjourned date had been complied with.
At the last adjourned date counsel of EFCC Mr Rotimi Oyedepo has sought for an adjournment to enable him certify the documents .
Justice Mohammed Idris admit the documents in evident and mark exhibit F, F1 and F2 respectively
Consequently the prosecution lawyer closed his case and the defendants hinted that in view of the evidence of the prosecution they intended to file a no case submission.
Justice thereafter adjourned the case to March 7, 2018 to argue the defendant’s no case submission.
The two INEC officials are standing trial for allegedly conspiring with two other INEC officials to take a bribe of N264.8m from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, to compromise the elections.
Mr. Nwosu was arraigned alongside two of his colleagues on April 4, 2016 for the offence. In a plea bargain agreement he had with the EFCC, he pleaded guilty to collecting the money before he later change his guilty to not guilty
The offence was said to have been committed in March 2015.
The money was paid by the 3rd defendant Bashir Tijani Nda via First Bank account of Adebayo A .Abdulganiyu.
The INEC staff is standing trial for allegedly conspiring with two other INEC officials to take a bribe of N264.8m from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, to compromise the elections.
However at the close of the proceedings today, EFCC again arrested Nwosu and the Chief Accountant of the commission who is a co defendant in an ongoing criminal trial pressed against them by the anti graft agency before Justice Mohammed Idris of Federal high court Ikoyi Lagos.
The development came after the court proceeding on Wednesday due to the new revelation on how the embattled former INEC officials diverted the sum of N450m to a company called Advaita NIG. Limited through the cashier of the INEC where bashir tijani Nda a 2nd defendant is a director.
According to the operative of the commission Nwosu is a signatory to the the account where this funds was carted away and his wife benefited N11.8m.
The anti graft agency stated further that second defendant who is the head of account department benefited the sum of N25m through a company called Heiza NIG. LTD owns by the 2nd defendant’s relation Saliu Yakubu.