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I paid Bello N300m based on directive on a piece of paper –Witness

I paid Bello N300m based on directive on a piece of paper --Witness
A witness, Yazidu Ibrahim, Wednesday, told a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that he was instructed through a piece of paper to pay a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Haliru Bello, N300 million through his company, Bam Projects and Properties Limited.
It would be recalled that Bello, his son, Bello Abba Mohammed, and their company, Bam Project and Properties Limited, are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly receiving the sum of N300 million from the Office of the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki.
Ibrahim, a Staff Officer, Accounts, Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, said he received a written instruction on a piece of paper to prepare a payment mandate for BAM in the sum of N300m.
While being led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Adebisi Adeniyi, Ibrahim said the piece of paper had the account name, account number, amount and reason for payment (Payment for Safe Houses).
“There were two signatories on the payment mandate – Muhammed Sambo Dazuki, a former National Security Adviser and S.A. Salisu, Director, Finance and Administration.
‘‘After they have signed the paper, I would also sign before taking it to the bank (Central Bank of Nigeria),’’ he said.
The witness however said there were procedures that should have been normally followed for making payments. He said these included presentation of documents, approval of the documents and instructions from the Director of Finance, among others.
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