Ex-minister, Belgore admitted to collecting N450m from Diezani – Witness

Usman Zakari, an EFCC prosecutor on Monday told a Federal High Court in Lagos that a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Dele Belgore and a former Minister of Planning, Professor Abubakar Sulaiman admitted to receiving N450 million from the former minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

Zakari was testifying before Justice Rilwan Mohammed Aikawa while he was being cross-examined by Belgore’s counsel, Ebun Shofunde.

“The two defendants admitted signing the receipt of payment with which they collected the sum of N450 million. The first defendant (Belgore) particularly admitted disbursing the money”, he said.

EFCC lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo also said the court may amend the charge against the two defendants.

“We intend to amend the charge in line with the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 and the evidences with us. The law is that we can amend anytime before judgement is delivered”, the Oyedepo said.

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