- A witness with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lawrence Akande, says he was told what to say about former Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti
- Akande also admits to being unaware of the transaction for which Fayose was partly being tried
- The banker tells the court how difficult it is for anyone to make withdrawals from a corporate bank account
Lawrence Akande, first witness called by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the resumed trial of former governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, has told a Federal High Court in Lagos that his statement while in detention and his evidence were what he was told.
Akande, who was a senior official with a Nigerian bank, had earlier told the court that he was called by Fayose and told that there would be a business transaction in his account in the Akure branch of the bank.
He had added that he called one Biodun Osode, who was based in Akure to handle the transaction.
But at the resumed trial, Akande admitted that his financial organisation solicited patronage from Fayose while the latter was in office.
He told the court, under cross examination by defence counsel, Olalekan Ojo (SAN), that he (Akande) had no knowledge of the transaction.
Ojo had asked him: “Do you also further confirm that all that you stated in your statements to EFCC were based on what you were told?”
Akande answered: “Correct.”
The EFCC witness further told the court that he was not aware of how much was to be deposited into the account or where the money was coming from and for what purpose.
Akande, it was learnt, further told the court that it was impossible for anyone to make withdrawals from a corporate bank account outside the introduction given by the signatories to the account.
According to him, in the event of alterations to any instruction by the account signatories, the latter must make another written instruction and sign.
The case has now been adjourned till Tuesday, October 22, for continuation of trial.
Legit.ng earlier reported how the EFCC re-arraigned Fayose at a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.
The report said Fayose was arraigned before a new judge over charges involving allegation N6.9 billion money laundering and fraud.
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