– An official of the Zenith bank disclosed how ex-national security adviser transferred funds to Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin
– Jonathan’s cousin alongside his wife are standing the trial on a seven-count charge leveled against them by the anti-graft agency
A witness, Olabode Farinola, has revealed that Sambo Dasuki, the former national security adviser, transferred $40 million (N12,589,454,800.00) into the account of a cousin of the ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Azibaola Roberts, and his wife.
The witness, who is an official of the Zenith bank, has told the Federal high Court presided over by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba that the money was transferred from the office of Dasuki to OnePlus Holdings LTD., owned by Mr Roberts.
Farinola is a key witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the current trial of Roberts and his wife, Stella. Mr. Roberts and his wife are facing a seven-count charge brought against them by the EFCC.
According to him, the NSA never complained to Zenith Bank that the $40 million was wrongly transferred.
“I’m not aware of the purpose of the inflow or how it was disbursed but we didn’t receive any letter from the NSA that the money was wrongly transferred”, the witness said.
The couple was blamed for diverting $40 million meant for the supply of tactical communication kits for Nigeria’s Special Forces.
The funds were reportedly transferred from the account of Dasuki domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Ibrahim Mahe, another principal witness, during the last cross-examination had disclosed to the court that only the former NSA could clarify why OnePlus Holdings Limited got a $40 million pipeline security contract.
Meanwhile, he failed to tell the court the names of the companies that benefited from the special security fund.
The trial was adjourned by Justice Dimgba to November 18 for continuance of cross-examination.