N3.2 billion Fraud: NDIC Deputy Director testified in Kalu’s trial.
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday presented the Deputy Director, Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Chidi Chukwuka before a Federal High Court, Lagos to tender documents indicating how funds that belonged to Abia State government were that diverted to Slok Nigeria, a company that belonged to Chief Orji Uzor Kalu while he served as governor of the state.
Led in evidence by EFCC counsel Rotimi Jacobs SAN, the witness said funds were moved from the Joint account and major account of Abia State Government domicile account in United Bank for Africa, (UBA) and then to Slok Nigeria Limited a company lnked to the embattled Uzor Kalu.
The amount moved without being accounted for are: N120,000,000; N17,625,000; N4,660,000 and N7,000,000. According to the document presented, the Cheques used to withdraw the aforementioned sums were in the name of the Chief of Staff of Abia State during the Kalu’s administration , Theodore Orji.
The investigation carried out indicated that the account was opened in 1999 by Orji Uzor Kalu while he was still the Governor of Abia State.
Chukwuka also said that he handled the petition from Abia Leaders Forum in 2006 which was what led to the investigation of this case.
He said that the petition contained alleged misappropriation of Government funds by the Governor, the properties the Governor was holding in Nigeria, how the governor tampered with Ecological funds, the $700,000 (valued in 2018 as $1,289,000) property obtained in Maryland, USA through public fund, and the governor being an executive member of a company among other issues.
However Jacob sought for an adjourment to enable him certify some documents which would be tendered through the witness but not yet certified.
Counsel to the first and second defendants Professor Awa Kalu SAN and K.C Nwofo SAN did not oppose to the adjournment provided the prosecution will undertake that this will be the last one.
Justice Mohammed Idris adjourned the case to April 24, 2018 for the witness to furnished the court with more substantial document.