A witness at the trail of Azibaola Robert, a cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan has giving a mind bugling account of how he transferred $40m to ‘One Plus Holdings Nigeria Limited’, a company owned by Robert.
Azibaola Robert and his wife, Stella, are standing trial before Justice Nnamdi O. Dimgba of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, for seven counts bordering on money laundering, criminal breach of trust and corruption.
The witness Ibrahim Mahe, a retired permanent secretary, special services in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, while being led in evidence by counsel for the EFCC, Sylvanus Tahir, told the court that he did not know Azibaola Robert personally but knew ‘One Plus Holdings’ through a transaction.
“On August 20, 2014, the National Security Adviser endorsed a memo to me which originated from the Office of the Director of Finance and Administration of the ONSA detailing the bank details of one company called ‘One Plus’ and the purpose for which the company was to be paid a sum of $40m.’’
“The NSA instructed me to prepare payment and I prepared the payment mandate for the $40m in favour of ‘One Plus’ for the signature of the NSA. I sent it to the NSA, he signed and sent it back to me and subsequent action was for me to counter-sign the mandate and then send it to the Central Bank of Nigeria for Payment.”
According to him, the office of the Permanent Secretary, Special Security Office was responsible for co-ordination of the annual budget of the members of the intelligence community.
“After formulating the budget, the Accountant General releases the funds of the intelligence community through an account that is domiciled with the Special Security Office from where it is distributed to the various end users.”
He told the court that his office served as a warehouse for funds of the ‘Intelligence Community’ and went further to explain how funds were utilised
The judge adjourned the case till July 4 and 5, 2016 for continuation of trial.