A witness, Mr. Abu Sule, Wednesday, told a Federal High Court in Abuja how he collected $2.29 million in cash in Ghana-Must-Go’ bag from a former Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, to help him buy a property in Asokoro, Abuja.
Sule, was called by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as its second prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of Ohakim before the court.
The EFCC is prosecuting Ohakim on three counts of money laundering.
The witness stated this while being cross examined by Ohakim’s lead counsel, Anwa Kalu (SAN).
According to the witness, he collected the $2.29 million, which was an equivalent of N270 million, from Ohakim in $100 bills at night sometime in November 2008 and handed it over to the then owner of the property, Alhaji Isah Maidabino, the next day.
Sule, an architect and Managing Director of Tweenex Consociates H.D Ltd., disclosed that he kept the money in the boot of his car overnight before handing it over to Maidabino, now a director in the office of the Head of Service of the Federation.
Sule continued that he did not count the $2.29 million when the former governor handed over the money to him out of trust they had for each other but that he counted it alongside Maidabino when he handed it over to him.
He said: “The money ($2.29m) was given to me by the defendant. It was given to me in a ‘Ghana-Must-Go’ bag and that was how I transported it. It was in $100 bills. I didn’t count the money and he (Ohakim) didn’t request for counting because we trusted each other. But I counted it along with Alhaji Maidabino.
He also said he did not issue a receipt because a receipt was not demanded and Alhaji Maidabino did not also issue any receipt to him but a deed of assignment and sale agreement to him at Unity Bank, Maitama, Abuja.
He confirmed that all his dealings with the former governor were always documented and that he had issued a receipt for a N20 milion transaction to the defendant.
He also disclosed that the sales agreement was between Tweenex and Maidabino and that up till date, Tweenex remained the registered owner of the property at 60, Kwame Nkrumah Street, Plot No 1098, Cadastral Zone A04, Asokoro District, Abuja.
Trial judge, Justice Ademola Adeniyi, adjourned the trial till Thursday.
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