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Maina’s witness lacks documents to back N282bn recovery claim

A defence witness within the N2.1billion cash laundering trial of Abdulrasheed Maina, ex-Chairman of defunct Pension Reform Job Crew (PRTT), on Friday, failed to offer paperwork to assist the claims of cash restoration he made in proof earlier than Justice Okon Abang of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Abuja.

The witness (DW1) Ngozika Ihuoma, who claims to be a administration marketing consultant and politician, has been within the witness field for 4 consecutive courtroom periods.

Led in proof by counsel to the first defendant Olawole Abiola, he had narrated to the courtroom a number of recoveries recorded by Maina.

Ihuoma mentioned Maina, by the PRTT, was capable of get better N282billion in 18 months and likewise recovered properties valued at N1.6trillion.

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The witness additional claimed that N75billion of the restoration was used to finance the 2012 finances.

Ihuoma accused former EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, and his predecessor Ibrahim Lamorde of mismanaging the property purportedly recovered by Maina.

He claimed that Magu-led EFCC bought a few of the recovered property to cronies, family and friends, including {that a} explicit property on Gana Road Maitama was bought to Femi Falana at an undervalued value of N1.2billion.

When cross-examined by the prosecution counsel, M. S. Abubakar, Ihuoma admitted that there have been no paperwork earlier than the courtroom to assist a few of his earlier claims.

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The witness revealed that he by no means labored with the EFCC, and was not conversant in the workings of the group.

Ihuoma additionally mentioned he has not tendered any report or proceedings of the Justice Ayo Salami panel.

The try by Maina to tender some paperwork, together with requisition letters for ICT objects and biometric gear, workers bills (PRTT & Workplace of Head of Service workers) memos, amongst others, was refused by courtroom resulting from opposition by the prosecution.

Abubakar urged the courtroom to reject the paperwork as they weren’t authentic and likewise not licensed.

The case was adjourned till March 9, 10, 11, 2021.

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