Highlight

How I collected $3m cash for Emefiele, CBN employee testifies in court

569

A Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) employee, Monday Osazuwa, on Friday told an Ikeja Special Offences Court how the former apex bank governor, Godwin Emefiele, on different occasions, directed him to collect three million dollars cash in tranches for him.

Led in evidence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN), Osazuwa said he was a dispatch rider in Zenith Bank in 2001 before he joined the CBN in 2014.

Osasuwa said he joined the apex bank as a senior supervisor in 2014.

He said Emefiele was the Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc while he was working as a dispatch rider in the bank.

The witness said he knew Emefiele, who was his boss, while in Zenith Bank and that he later joined him at the CBN.

The witness said he was later appointed as a senior supervisor (full time) in recording and filing of documents while working in the CBN governor’s office in Lagos.

“I was still working in the CBN governor’s office while I was appointed as a full staff member and we usually communicated through Whatsapp and email.

“I function as a senior supervisor, recording and filing with other official roles.

“I recall that in 2020, when he was outside Lagos, he called me that he would give me a number that a man had something I should collect from him and that the man would give me the number of another person.

“When I got to the man’s office, I was given an envelope. I counted the money and the man said I should give it to my boss,” he said.

The witness further told the court that the first defendant used to collect money by himself anytime he was in Lagos but anytime the defendant was not around, he would tell him to give the money to the second defendant.

Osazuwa added that Emefiele sent him to MINL Ltd. when he was with Zenith Bank.

“This company is situated at Isolo, the first defendant did send me to collect cheques from the company from Mr Monday and when I collected the cheque from Mr Monday, I would give it back to Emefiele and he would lodge the money into Dumies Oil and Gas.

According to him, Emefiele’s co-defendant, Henry Isioma-Omoile, lived in the residence of the former CBN governor.

He stated that when he collected money for his boss, he would take it to his residence at Iru Close, Ikoyi.

“Whenever I received the money and take it to my boss’s residence, Mr Emefiele would tell me to give it to the second defendant whenever he was not at home.

“I did not keep a record of transactions because the instruction he gave me was that I should collect the money and bring the money to his house.

“The highest amount I collected was one million dollars all in cash and some weeks later, the businessman also called me to collect $850,000, $750,000 and $400,000 cash in tranches.

“I have never been rewarded, paid or given anything because I am doing it out of faithfulness and he knows it but he has never for once said, ‘take this,” he said.

Under cross-examination by the defence counsel, Mr Abdulakeem Labi-Lawal, the witness confirmed that he had been working with the defendant since 2002.

According to the witness, Emefiele passed instructions to him through the second defendant and that he had been collecting cheques for Dumies Oil and Gas.

He, however, told the court when he was made to confront the second defendant during investigation but the second defendant failed to admit it.

“I started collecting cheques for Dumies Oil and Gas when I was in Zenith Bank.

“I cannot calculate the exact year I have been collecting the cheques but it all started when the first defendant was the Managing Director at Zenith Bank and I was working at Zenith Bank,” he said.

Persecondnews recalls that the EFCC had on April 8 arraigned Emefiele on 23 counts bordering on abuse of office, accepting gratifications, corrupt demand, receiving property fraudulently obtained and conferring corrupt advantage.

Emefiele’s co-defendant was arraigned on three counts bordering on acceptance of gift by agents.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Earlier, Oshodi had declined the oral application for adjournment moved twice by the defence counsel.

The case has been adjourned untill April 29 for trial and hearing of application for closed-session.

 

Leave a comment

Related Articles

Tinubu’s commitment to 30% inclusiveness quota for youths demonstrates his love for them. – Olawande

The Minister of State for Youth Development, Mr. Ayodele Olawande, has stated...

Oil sector attracted $16.6bln investments under Tinubu administration – Lokpobiri

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil), Heineken Lokpobiri, has announced...

History made as ECOWAS Parliament elects first female speaker

Daniel Okejeme The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament has,...

Just in: Reps pass bill to revert to old national anthem, scales second reading in Senate

The House of Representatives has passed a bill for the country to...

Decade after, two abducted Chibok girls excited as they graduate from US varsities

by Daniel Ojekeme More than a decade after their freedom from the...

Assault on nurse: Police arraign Oriokpa masquerader

Daniel Okejeme The Enugu State Police Command says it has apprehended and...

Breaking: New law reinstates Sanusi as Emir of Kano, dethrones Bayero, four other emirs

The Kano State Emirate Council Law (Amendment Bill) 2024, passed by the...

Just in: Abuja metro rail to operate free for two months, says Wike

Mr. Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, has disclosed...

Breaking: Sirika, brother, pleads not guilty to alleged N19.4bln fraud

Former Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika, his brother, Ahmad Sirika, and a...

Gowon drums support for Tinubu, seeks political structure that fits present realities

By Daniel Okejeme A former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, has...

Tinubu off to Chad for Pres. Déby’s inauguration

President Bola Tinubu will leave Abuja on Thursday morning for N’Djamena, the...

Just in: Court grants DCP Abba Kyari two-week bail for mother’s burial

DCP Abba Kyari, a former commander of the Force Intelligence Response Team...

Emir of Kano in Ijebu Ode, felicitates Awujale on 90th birthday

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ahmad Ado Bayero, paid homage to the...

Federal appointments: Woke reassigned as OORBDA’s MD to NOSDRA as DG

Daniel Okejeme Barely two weeks after his appointment, President Bola Tinubu has...

May 29: Tinubu orders low-key celebration of first anniversary

President Bola Tinubu’s first anniversary in office on May 29 will be...

Tax Evasion: Absence of Binance official, Gambaryan, in court stalls arraignment

Daniel Okejeme The absence of Binance official Tigran Gambaryan in court on...

I started administering Rivers State eight months after assuming office, says Gov. Fubara

by Daniel Okejeme Rivers Gov. Siminalayi Fubara has said that he started governing...

Plateau, Benue killings, one death too many, says Obi

Daniel Okejeme A former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, says...

Chad PM Submits Resignation To Newly Elected Junta Chief

Two weeks after his defeat to junta chief Mahamat Deby in the...

Banex Plaza attack: A threat to national security – Nigerian Army

Daniel Okejeme The Nigerian Army’s spokesperson, Maj.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu has described the...