The former chairperson of the Defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, has made a no-case submission before a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The former chairperson, through his legal counsel on Wednesday, told the court that he has no case to answer regarding the charges brought against him by the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Mr Maina’s legal counsel filed this application shortly after the prosecution witness from the EFCC, Rouqqayah Ibrahim, an investigative officer, concluded her testimony.
After the cross-examination of the witness, the defense counsel told the court that it would like to apply for a no case submission.
The trial Judge, Okon Abang, adjourned the case until Friday, December 10, for the defense counsel to address the court, orally and for the prosecution counsel to respond to the no case submission.
BANK TRANSFERS & DEPOSITS
A transaction from November 19, 2008 indicates a draft transfer to Adbsulrasheed Maina in the sum of N4,489,969.24.
A transaction done on December 15, 2008, also indicates a credit transfer into the account by Customs Immigrations and Prisons (CEPO) for N447,359.52.
Furthermore, the transaction of December 14, 2011 shows a transfer in favor of Nafisatu Yeldu for the sum of N4.8 million.
A transaction dated for December 19, 2011, also indicates a credit into the account from the office of head of service for N4,701,428.
The transaction of January 26, 2012 shows a transfer into the said account from CEPO, Stat ‘n’ Computer for N1,216,000.
The transaction of July 1, 2013 shows a transfer from Abdullahi Faisal for N1 million.
The transaction of May 2, 2014 is a transfer from Abdullahi Faisal for N34 million and on that same day N33.8 million was transferred to West Waves BDC and the dollar equivalent was handed over to Abdulrasheed Maina. Then on May 6, 2014, there was the same transfer to Maina for N47.5 million into the same account.
The transaction of October 3, 2014 shows a transfer from Abdullahi Faisal for N55,000,000 and on the same date N16,121,310 was transferred to Alnasara BDC. Also, on the same date, another transfer of N15,870,690 to Jieko BDC (Bureau De Change) was made.
Miss Ibrahim added that transactions of Cluster Logistics were all carried out by Abdulrasheed Maina under the alias of Abubakar Mustapha as well as other bank transactions which appear as Nafisatu Aliu, Fatima Abdullahi, and Fatima Aliu.
In conclusion of her testimony, she said that the driver’s licenses used to open Mrs Fatima Sama’ila account with UBA for Common Input were not authentic as per the response of FRSC contained in Exhibit E1A. Just like the one used in opening Drew Constructions with Fidelity Bank by Fatima Aliu is also not authentic.
The former chairperson is facing 12 counts of money laundering charges brought against him by the EFCC and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Akwa Ibom PDP Chairman, Udo Ekpenyong, Dies
The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State, Udo Ekpenyong, is dead.
Mr Ekpenyong died on Monday in Uyo, an official of the Akwa Ibom government who did not want his name mentioned, told PREMIUM TIMES, Tuesday morning.
The official said the chairman died of COVID-19.
Late Mr Ekpenyong, before his election as the state PDP chairman last year was the commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state. He was known to be a strong ally of Governor Udom Emmanuel.
Akwa Ibom State lost two other prominent figures recently, a former Chief of Air Staff, Nsikak Edouk who died of renal failure, and a former military governor of the state, Idongesit Nkanga who died of COVID-19.
Lagos Police Hail Igboelerin Youths for Resisting Robbery Attack
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has commended youths of Igboelerin community for their bravery in resisting an arms robbery attack and recovering dangerous weapons in the bargain.
According to a statement signed by the command’s PPRO, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the criminals invaded the community at about 11:30pm on Sunday, but were dislodged by the daring youths.
“On 17th January 2021, at about 11.30pm, the youths of Igboelerin community in Lagos State resisted a robbery attack on the community when they dislodged some suspected armed robbers that wanted to rob the community.
“The suspected armed robbers came on 2 unregistered bikes with the intention of attacking their targets before they were repelled by the youths who have been involved in the community policing strategies of the command. One unregistered operational bike and one locally made pistol with a life cartridge were recovered from them.
“The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, while commending the youths of the area, has ordered for the manhunt and arrest of the fleeing armed robbers. He encouraged Lagosians to embrace the idea of community-based policing which has paid off in many areas of the state,” the statement read.
Policeman Prostrates, Begs After Threatening Panel Member in Ogun
There was disquiet at the Ogun State Judicial Panel of Investigation Against Police Brutality when a policeman, Sergeant Adeleke Olalekan, allegedly threatened members of the panel.
The panel, which sat at the Magistrate Court 1, Isabo, Abeokuta, on Monday, was cross-examining the Officer in-Charge of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, CSP Gbenga Megbope.
Olalekan had accompanied his boss, Megbope, who was a respondent in a case of brutality against some people in the state.
Olalekan was, however, allegedly caught pointing at the panel members in a manner suggestive of threats.
The Chairman of the panel, Justice Solomon Olugbemi, called him out and booked him for punishment as stipulated under the commission of inquiry law.
While reading out the law against the policeman’s action, the chairman said, “Any act of disrespect, insult or threat to the commissioners or any panel members while sitting in commission or any act of disrespect, insult or threat to a commissioner or panel members at any other time or place on account of his proceedings in his capacity as a commissioner or panel member shall be deemed to be an act of contempt within the meaning of this law under Section 16 of the same law.”
Olugbemi noted that the sergeant ought to be recommended for trial at a magistrate’s court.
But Olalekan, while being questioned, prostrated and pleaded for forgiveness.
The panel pardoned him, while the chairman warned against disrespect for the panel.