Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s, EFCC, witness, Jalal Arabi, yesterday, told Justice Olasunbo Goodluck of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory that a former Head of Service, HoS, Mr. Stephen Orosanye, allegedly paid millions of naira to people who did not work for the Presidential Committee on Financial Action Task Force.
The prosecution witness, who was the secretary of the committee, told the court that apart from Zenith Bank Plc, which was the official bank of the committee, Orosanye secretly opened another account with Access bank with him as the only signatory.
He said laid down procedures are followed in spending money on any programme, adding that he raised memos for the committee’s programmes and fund was provided following the approval of the chairman. “We fund programmes from the Zenith Bank account and sometimes, from the endeavour of the chairman (Orosanye), but I got to know in July, 2015 that the money comes from the secret Access Bank account.”
The witness said between 2009 and 2015, there were inflow of money into the Zenith bank account in three tranches from the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Budget Office and the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, respectively.
When led to read from the statement of account obtained from Access Bank, he said, “In October 14, 2012, N5 million was paid to one Friday Onoja, N9 million was paid to the same Friday Onoja on November 11, 2012, and another N3.5 million in the same month.
“On November 6, Sunday Oge was paid N9 million and received another tranche on November 14, he received N7 million on November 21, 2012 and on January 15, 2015, another N500,000 was paid to him without doing any work for the committee.
“On November 27, 2012, Olalekan Ajayi was paid N6 million, Mohammed Yaro was paid N500,000 on October 31, 2013 and another N900,000 on March 14, 2015 for doing nothing for the committee.
“I am aware of the N400,000 paid to Udummi Jude Ikechukwu on March 24, 2015, but unaware of the N5 million and N11.4 million paid to Ezeneka E.N on December 23, 2014 and March 13, 2015 respectively,” the witness stated, adding that Orosanye did not inform him of the secret Access Bank account he opened in the name of the committee.
Justice Goodluck adjourned the matter to May 19 and 20 for continuation of trial and ordered the prosecution to assemble all its witnesses at the next adjourned date.

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