Police pension scam: How withdrawals were made without vouchers

The trial of the accused persons involved in the N24 billion police pension scam continued on Tuesday, Febraury 10 at a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The trial was presided over by Justice Baba Yusuf with Rotimi Jacobs, the prosecution lawyer bringing in the fourth withness, Mustapha Gadanya in evidence.

Gadanya, who formerly worked for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission reminded the court that in December 2014, he indicted the Police Pension Office of issuing out payments of N9.7billion made to a defendant, Veronica Onyegbula without the appropriate vouchers to authenticate the payments between the years 2007 and 2008.

Gandaya also revealed that a search warrant executed on the company of Esai Dangaba, the first defendant, AMT Global Concept at Jabi Abuja yielded several incriminating evidence.

The value of some of the recovered documents and financial instrument ran into billions of naira.

Some of the evidence includes copies of cheques drawn from the account of Esai Dangaba, a draft of FCMB issued to AMSAR Int’l, Fixed deposit slips of N198 million for AMD Global Concept, Company papers of Damule Nigeria Limited, future Logistics Technology, Marine Logistics and Leisure Integrated Limited, document of N1 billion worth investment from Skye Bank among others.

These were tendered by prosecution and admitted in evidence by the Judge as Exhibits P11, P11A to P11J. Exhibit P11E-J, P11F, P11G, P11H, P11I, and P11J.

The witness also told the court that upon investigation of the relevant bank documents of Damule Nigeria limited it was discovered that the directors of the company are the wife and two sons of Dangaba.

The witness also revealed that analysis of Damule account showed a turnover of N7.7 billion between March 18, 2009 to February 24, 2010 with most of the inflow occurring when Dangaba was the director of the police pension office.

He further said that the account recorded cash deposit of N233 million on April3,2009 in 40 different tranches between N2 to N2.5million. “we discovered that between April 1, 2009 to 18 February, 2010 over N971m was fixed into deposit account by the defendant in FCMB…, over N983million was transferred to another account of same Damule in Skye bank, ” Gadanya said.

The accused persons Esai Dangabar, Atiku Abubakar Kigo, Ahmed Inuwa Wada, Mrs. Veronica Ulonma Onyegbula, Sani Habila Zira, Uzoma Cyril Attang and Christian Madubuke all appeared in court for the trial

Justice Baba adjourned the case to February 11, 2016.

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