Hassan Saidu, prosecution witness of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), has instructed the Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja, how Doyin Okupe, a former Senior Particular Assistant (SSA) to former President Goodluck Jonathan, engaged in monetary transactions with out vouchers.
Saidu mentioned this earlier than Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu on Friday, throughout the trial of N702million fraud allegations towards Okupe.
Okupe is standing trial together with Worth Belief Funding Ltd and Abrahams Telecoms Ltd on a 59-count cost of cash laundering and legal diversion of funds.
Saidu, who’s head of EFCC’s Extractive Industries and Fraud Part, instructed the court docket that “although there have been transfers to individuals and corporations, we couldn’t tally it to the expenditure that Okupe incurred within the working of the workplace, as a result of vouchers which have been purported to be produced for working of a authorities workplace have been by no means produced”.
He defined that the EFCC obtained a petition, which amongst different issues, revealed that varied sums of cash working into tens of millions of Naira have been transferred to Okupe, his firm and one different firm, Abrahams Telecoms, by the previous Director of Finance and Administration within the Workplace of the Nationwide Safety Adviser (ONSA).
Based on him, the intelligence was referred to the Particular Activity Power.
“The Director of Finance and Administration within the Workplace of the NSA was quizzed in respect of the funds made to Okupe and the 2 corporations by means of a voucher tagged ‘Particular Companies.
“Someday in June 2016, we invited the defendant to the EFCC, the place he was interrogated in respect of the fee he obtained from ONSA on ‘Particular Companies’ and funds made within the title of the 2 different corporations”.
Based on Saidu, throughout interrogation, Okupe submitted the title of Worth Belief, which obtained N50million on August three, 2012, whereas the corporate, Abraham Telecoms, obtained N35million, on October three, 2014.
“Okupe obtained money fee of N50million by means of a voucher No 1526, which he mentioned was for the take-off of his workplace (Workplace of the Senior Particular Adviser to the President on Public Affairs),” Saidu mentioned, including that Okupe claimed he first obtained the sum of N6million, by means of a voucher tagged, ‘Particular Companies’.
He continued: “Okupe mentioned he obtained varied sums of cash in N10million, which was additionally tagged ‘Particular Companies’, which he mentioned was later lowered to N5million, from January 2015, to Might 2015”.
Based on the EFCC witness, Okupe instructed investigators throughout the interrogation that there was a request that was permitted by Jonathan to the Nationwide Safety Adviser, which necessitated such fee, however when EFCC requested for the approval, Okupe instructed them he couldn’t lay his fingers on it.
Saidu instructed the court docket that when the investigative crew requested for vouchers of expenditures on fee of employees, uptake of the workplace and fee of a programme on NTA programme, ‘The Perception’, Okupe couldn’t present any fee slip of the employees and couldn’t give vouchers for the expenditure within the workplace.
“The one receipt he was in a position to present was N120,000, fee made to Infinity Safety Companies,” he mentioned.
He additional disclosed that when the EFCC invited the then DFA, Shuaibu, to offer extra data on the funds made to Okupe and the 2 corporations for ‘Particular Companies’ rendered, Shuaibu instructed investigators that he was nonetheless searching for it however would ahead it to the EFCC, when discovered.
Investigations, in line with Saidu, revealed that Okupe was the Director of Worth Belief Funding Restricted, and he was not listed among the many administrators of Abraham Telecoms, however “he’s a sole signatory to the account”.
“The account steadiness of Worth Belief earlier than the N50million was credited into the account of the corporate was less than N2,000 (Two Thousand Naira) solely. The account steadiness of N36,000 (Thirty-six Thousand Naira) solely was present in Abraham Telecoms earlier than N35million was credited into the account. The disbursement of funds confirmed that there was no hint to point out, if fee was made to employees,” he mentioned.
Saidu additionally instructed the court docket that NTA personnel have been quizzed by the EFCC to shed extra gentle on the NTA programme, ‘The Perception’.
“We wanted to know the way the programme was run and it was found that the programme was ‘Company Social Duty of NTA’ and so, was finished professional bono, and no fee was made to any employees and likewise no fee was made to NTA for any transaction from any of the 2 corporations, although there was transfers to individuals and corporations,” he added.
Justice Ojukwu has adjourned the case until April 1, 2019, for cross examination of the witness, and continuation of listening to.