Photos: Saraki’s Chief of Staff, others docked, remanded in Ikoyi Prison over N3.5bn Fraud

Photos: Saraki’s Chief of Staff, others docked, remanded in Ikoyi Prison over N3.5bn Fraud

Photos: Saraki?s Chief of Staff, others docked, remanded in Ikoyi Prison over N3.5bn Fraud

The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, Lagos Zonal workplace, on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 arraigned Gbenga Makanjuola, Deputy Chief of Employees to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, earlier than Justice Babs O. Kuewumi sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on an amended 11-count cost bordering on alleged conspiracy, accepting money cost past threshold and cash laundering to the tune of N3.5billion ((Three Billion, 5 Hundred Million Naira).

Makanjuola is charged alongside Kolawole Shittu, cashier to the Senate President; Robert Chidozie Mbonu, a former Managing Director, Societe Generale Financial institution of Nigeria, SGBN (who’s at massive), Melrose Basic Companies Restricted and Obiora Amobi, Operation Supervisor, Melrose Basic Companies Restricted.

Photos: Saraki?s Chief of Staff, others docked, remanded in Ikoyi Prison over N3.5bn Fraud

One of the counts reads: “That you just, Gbenga Makanjuola, someday in December 2016 in Nigeria, throughout the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court docket, did settle for money cost of the sum of $500, 000. 00 (5 Hundred Thousand {Dollars} Solely) from Kolawole Shittu with out going by a monetary establishment and thereby dedicated an offence opposite to Part 1(a) of the Cash Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012) and punishable beneath Part 16 (2) (b) of the identical Act.”

The defendants pleaded not responsible to the fees most well-liked in opposition to them.
In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, Ekene Iheanacho, requested the courtroom for a trial date and in addition prayed that the defendants be remanded in jail custody.
Iheanacho additionally advised the courtroom that he had acquired bail purposes from the defence counsels on behalf of their shoppers.

Photos: Saraki?s Chief of Staff, others docked, remanded in Ikoyi Prison over N3.5bn Fraud

He, nonetheless, added that he had responded with a counter-affidavit to the bail purposes.
Iheanacho, due to this fact, urged the courtroom to refuse the bail purposes by the defendants.
“My Lord, the defendants weren’t responding to invites till we threatened to revoke the executive bail granted them.

“One of the defendants absconded after granting him an administrative bail. That is what necessitated the modification of the fees as we speak,” he additional mentioned.

Photos: Saraki?s Chief of Staff, others docked, remanded in Ikoyi Prison over N3.5bn Fraud

Nevertheless, counsel to the second and fourth defendants, Paul Erokoro, SAN, advised the courtroom that he had filed bail purposes dated September 26, 2018 on behalf of his shoppers.
Shifting the bail utility as we speak, he mentioned

“My Lord, they’re full-time employees of the Nationwide Meeting of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The second defendant is a lawyer and a former Home of Representatives member. My Lord, they can’t bounce bail.”

He, due to this fact, urged the courtroom to grant his shoppers bail.  Additionally, counsel to the third defendant, Omeoga Chukwu, urged the courtroom to confess his shopper to bail in probably the most liberal phrases.

“He has been reporting month-to-month to the EFCC workplace for about two years since he was granted an administrative bail,” he pleaded

Consequently, Justice Kuewumi remanded the defendants in Ikoyi jail and adjourned until October 9, 2018 for ruling on the bail purposes.

The EFCC had submitted a report back to President Muhammadu Buhari linking the Senate President and a few of his aides to the diversion of the sum of N19bn from the N522.74bn Paris Membership refund.

Photos: Saraki?s Chief of Staff, others docked, remanded in Ikoyi Prison over N3.5bn Fraud

The Federal Authorities had, in December 2016, accredited the sum of N522.74bn to be paid to the 36 states of the federation as half of the reimbursement of the over-deduction on the Paris Membership mortgage from 1995 to 2002.

Nevertheless, the EFCC had found that the mortgage refunds have been illegally diverted by the account of the Nigeria Governors’ Discussion board, NGF, by the Central Financial institution of Nigeria, CBN.
Investigation revealed that following receipt of the fund, the NGF, in alleged connivance with Saraki, had remitted enormous sums of cash to personal consultants who ultimately laundered about N19bn.

Investigation additional revealed {that a} sum of N3.5bn was allegedly lodged into Melrose Basic Companies’ firm account quantity 0005892453 domiciled in Entry Financial institution from the NGF.

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