The trial of the former senator, representing Kaduna North Senator Shehu Sani, continued before Justice I.E Ekwo of the Federal High Court Abuja, with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, presenting two additional witnesses against him.
At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, prosecuting counsel Abba Mohammed presented the witnesses, namely: Remidius Ugwu, a Zenith Bank compliance officer and Abubakar Ahmed, a bureau de change operator with Assunah B.E.C. The two witnesses, brings the number of witnesses, presented against the defendant to four. At his trial the previous day, the prosecuting counsel, presented prosecution witnesses (PW) one and two, namely: Beckley Ojo and Elizabeth Muka, both of whom are compliance officers of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) against Shehu Sani.
Testifying, Ugwu, PW3, told the court that on January 13, 2019 EFCC sent a letter requesting for account package and other information regarding a customer Abubakar Ahmed, which made him call for the account opening package from the domiciled bank. He said he got the copies, certified them and printed the statement of the account and verified it from the one on their computer, and then affirmed to the court that they are correct.
The statement of account, which the witness affirmed was that of Abubakar Ahmed shows inflow of N5million from Alhaji Sani Dauda (ASD) in to the account of Abubakar Ahmed, and also a mandate card on Page 5 of the exhibit shows that the receiver is Abubakar Ahmed.
Similarly, PW4 Ahmed, who received the money told the court that there was a day when ASD’s son, Muhammad Sani Dauda called and informed him that his father (ASD) wanted to change N5million into United States of America dollars and wanted to know the exchange rate to which he said he told him was one dollar to N359.
The witness said ASD later invited him to his residence in Maitama where he gave him a GT bank cheque of N5million and in return he gave ASD $USD13,930 which was equivalent N5 million equivalent.
Ahmed further disclosed that ASD took the cheque to his office and gave it to one of his staff to go to GTB and transfer the money to Abubakar Ahmed.
The judge adjourned the matter till May 4,5 and 6, 2020 for continuation of trial.
The EFCC is prosecuting Senator Sani on a two-count criminal charge, bordering on intent to defraud and obtain the sum of USD 10,000.00 (Ten Thousand United States of America Dollars) from Alhaji Sani Dauda, (ASD) under the false pretence, that the money was meant to bribe the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, to arrest and prosecute one Abubakar Musa.
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February 27, 2020