$40m Fraud: EFCC Closes Case Against Jonathan’s Cousin
London, Jan. 23, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Nigeria anti-corruption agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday closed its case against a cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Azibaola Robert,
The anti-graft agency presented ten witnesses and tendered several documents to establish the culpability of the defendant in the alleged diversion of $40 million purportedly meant for supply of tactical communication kits for Special Forces.
Azibaola, Stella, his wife; and their company, One Plus Holdings; are facing a seven-count charge bordering on money laundering, criminal breach of trust and corruption
They were alleged to have transferred the $40 million from the account of the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to the domiciliary account of their company, One Plus Holdings.
At the court on Tuesday, the defence concluded its cross-examination of David Nkpe, prosecuting witness 10.
After that, Francis Jirbo, counsel to the EFCC, told the court that the prosecution would be closing its case.
“We shall be closing our case following the conclusion of the cross-examination of David Nkpe by the defence,” Jirbo said.
On his part, Chris Uche, counsel to Azibaola, said he would be filing a no-case submission to dismiss the charge against his clients.
He said the prosecution had failed to establish a nexus between the defendant and the alleged offence.
The case has been adjourned till March 9.