The trial of Ope Saraki, cousin to former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, resumed on Thursday at a Kwara State Excessive Courtroom in Ilorin, with the cross examination of the second prosecution witness, Ijaya Adedeji by the defence.
Ope Saraki, former Particular Adviser to the previous Kwara State Governor on Millennium Improvement Targets, MDGs, is going through trial for allegedly buying a contract to the tune of N220m by means of an organization of curiosity.
The contract, in response to the Ilorin Zonal workplace of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, concerned a purchase order of 13 items of ambulances for Basic/Specialist Hospitals in Kwara State and allegedly acquired by means of Chemiroy Nigeria Restricted.
The offence is opposite to Part 12 of the Corrupt Practices and different Associated Offences, ICPC Act, 2000.
On the final adjournment, February 8, 2021, Ijaya, whereas being led in proof by counsel to the EFCC, Sesan Ola, tendered 5 totally different statements of accounts in relation to the procurement of 13 ambulances and 13 KVA mills for normal/Specialist Hospitals.
Nonetheless, Saraki’s counsel, Sulaiman Abaya, requested the courtroom for brief adjournment to cross study the witness, saying he simply took transient of the case and wanted time to peruse the paperwork tendered, a request which the courtroom graciously granted and adjourned until Thursday February 18,2021.
On the resumed sitting on Thursday, Ijaya, a enterprise improvement supervisor in one of many new technology banks, defined how a proper request from the EFCC with respect to the previous Particular Adviser, MDGs and Chemiroy statements of accounts led to the availability of the paperwork.
The paperwork included Ope Saraki’s assertion of account; Kwara state authorities on MDGs accounts, Chemiroy Nigeria restricted, Cogent Built-in Service Nigeria restricted, and McDrive Logistics & Institute restricted.
Ijaya, underneath cross examination, instructed the courtroom that, all of the contractors who equipped the 13 ambulances and 13 KVA mills, procured within the yr 2012 had been paid by the Kwara state authorities by means of their financial institution accounts.
Requested whether or not he was conscious that his assertion with the anti-graft company led to the submitting of one other cost towards the defendant on the Federal excessive Courtroom, the witness mentioned he would make himself out there to testify within the case if invited.
The courtroom adjourned additional listening to within the case until April 24, 2021.