EFCC star witness makes U-turn, says Adoke’s transaction was legitimate

EFCC star witness makes U-turn, says Adoke’s transaction was legitimate

- EFCC star witness in Adoke's trial has testified in favour of the defendant

- The witness, Rislanudeen Mohammad, who is a former bank chief, said Adoke's transaction was transparent and legitimate

- Mohammad made the U-turn during cross-examination by Adoke's counsel, Kanu Agabi

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There was a mild drama at a Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday, September 7, during the hearing of the allegation of money laundering leveled against a former minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke.

The Cable reports that the court was stunned when a former bank chief, Rislanudeen Mohammad, serving as a star witness against Adoke said the transaction by the former attorney-general of the federation was “transparent and legitimate.”

Legit.ng gathered that Adoke and Aliyu Abubakar, a businessman, were re-arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on August 4, on an amended 14-count charge bordering on money laundering.

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The report said that in the count nine of the charge, the EFCC accused Adoke of making a cash payment of $2,267,400 to Mohammad in 2013.

Drama as EFCC star witness makes U-turn, says Adoke’s transaction was legitimate
Former minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation, Muhammed Bello Adoke being led into the court by the EFCC operatives. Credit: The Cable.
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The anti-graft commission said the offence is contrary to the combined effect of section 16 (1) (d) and of section 1(a) of the money laundering prohibition act of 2011 (as amended) and punishable under section 16 (2)(b) of the same act.

Mohammad, however, said it was not a case of money laundering.

During cross-examination by Kanu Agabi, counsel to Adoke, on August 13, Mohammad had said the money paid to him by Adoke in September 2013 was not a proceed of money laundering but meant to refund a N300 million loan he (Adoke) collected from his bank in 2012.

At the resumed trial on Monday, September 7, under cross-examination from Agabi, Mohammad said after collecting the money, he took it to the bank and handed it to Nura Abdulahi, the branch manager.

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The witness added that there was nothing to hide because “the bank was aware that my wife and daughter were shareholders in that BDC because it was registered with the cooperate affairs commission.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Adoke landed in troubles as the federal government has filed fresh charges against him.

It was reported that the EFCC on Monday, February 10, arraigned Adoke on a seven-count charge at the Federal High Court in Abuja before Justice Binta Nyako.

In another report, the head of research, strategy and programme at Act for Positive Transformation Initiative (APTI), Kolawole Johnson, urged the federal government to freeze the account of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He said the NDDC has continued to waste the Nigerian resources even after the National Assembly probe that lifted the lids on the controversial expenses of the commission.

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