News Express banner Camano banner
N2.8bn Fraud: Trial of Ex-NBC Boss, others begin

By News Express on 01/03/2017

Views: 1,176

 •Ex-NBC DG Emeka Mba.
•Ex-NBC DG Emeka Mba.

The trial of a former Director-General of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Emeka Mba, who is facing a 15-count charge of money laundering and procurement fraud to the tune of N2.8 billion, commenced on Tuesday, with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) presenting its first witness, John Ejim Mba.

Mba is standing trial before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, alongside a former Director of Finance of NBC, Patrick Areh; Basil Udotai (trading in the name and style of Technology Advisors) and Babatunde Amure (trading in name and style of Divine Partners).

They were alleged to have at various times connived and transferred state funds to the tune of N2.9 billion from the account of NBC through various proxies for personal gains.

Mba was also alleged to have used his office as former DG to award contracts without following due procurement process.

Ejim, an operative of EFCC, while being led in evidence by counsel to EFCC, Prince Ben Ikani, told the court that his investigation was an offshoot of a petition dated December 30, 2015, to the Presidency by one Okey Nwafor and copied to the Executive Chairman of the EFCC.

“The petition alleged among others things: a diversion of proceeds of sale of 700Mhz of Spectrum to an account held by NBC in Zenith bank and that the amount diverted was illegally paid to 5 setup proxies and manufacturers under the digital switch platform”, he said.

When Ikani sought to tender the document (copy of the petition) in evidence, Mba’s counsel, S. I. Ameh, SAN, objected saying, “the witness cannot be examined on a document he did not make”.

Also counsel to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants - I. F Chude, P. Erukoro and Ikoro M. Ikoro respectively aligned themselves with the objection raised by Ameh, while Erukoro added that there was no evidence of stamp duty paid by the prosecution on the document as stipulated by law.

Responding, Ikani noted that the witness, as an investigator, was only stating what led to the investigation and that in law, what matters is the relevance of the document tendered.

In a bench ruling, Justice Kolawole overruled the objection saying: “The document sought to be tendered is relevant to the case” and admitted it as exhibit 1.

Continuing, the PW1 said he invited the account officer as well as the compliance officer of Zenith bank who brought along the account opening documents in which it was discovered that Mba was a co-signatory to the account.

“The documents revealed the deposit of a lump sum of N34.1billion and a transfer of N2.8 billion from the said account to Technology Advisors.

“We invited Emeka Mba and Patrick Areh to further interrogate them on the matter.”

“I attended to Patrick Areh who volunteered his statement after I availed him a copy of the petition,” Ejim stated.

Ikani sought to tender the document (2nd defendant’s statement) in evidence, but its admissibility was objected by Chude, who said that the statement was not voluntarily obtained.

Justice Kolawole, thereafter, adjourned to March 8, 2017 for a trial-within-trial to determine the voluntariness of the statement.  

Source News Express

Posted 01/03/2017 05:24:10 AM

 


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Las Vegas Massacre: Death toll hits 58 •515...

Faction boycotts NLC rally against corruption, says it’s...

Federal Executive Council holds special session for Prof....

How Akwa Ibom REC saved the day after...

Reps list towns still under Boko Haram’s control,...

Why I want to be PDP national chairman...

FG slams $200, $4000 fines on foreigners who...

Ortom lashes IGP Ibrahim Idris over Benue killings...

Anambra 2013: How Nollywood stars stormed APGA rally...

RRS foils kidnap of two-year-old boy, nabs suspect...

FG to Nigerians: We are working hard to...

Breaking: Oba of Lagos given 48 hours to...

 

Latest News Aisha Buhari to set up private university Gunmen kill two tourists in Kaduna, abduct three others States can pay new minimum wage — TUC Over 4 million people jobless in Kano — Don One soldier killed as troops neutralise suspected bandits in Zamfara APC populated by well-meaning, greedy people — Momoh Troops kill bandit, seize arms in Benue Killings in Nigeria: Blood of the innocent will seek vengeance — Bishop Ibezim MOSOP condemns latest military killing in Ogoni community, demands thorough investigation UBA rewards 20 more customers with N30m in Wise Savers Promo Imo Air travellers lament hike in fare few hours to Easter Police smash child trafficking syndicate in Imo

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (470,119 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (414,676 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (352,103 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (301,584 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (265,819 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (238,938 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (225,866 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (207,397 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (196,386 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (188,262 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (178,953 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (178,391 views)

 

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (86) Business & Economy (4,209) Business Verdict (65) Columnists (1,017) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (208) Entertainment (607) Features (746) Global Business Monitor (343) ICT Monitor (35) International (3,336) Interview (176) Live Commentary (29) Love Matters (155) Maggie's Blog (232) News (45,150) Opinion (1,223) Pidgin (17) Politics (10,622) Religion (980) Sports (1,961) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera