Nigeria: Court Jails 6 Directors over N5.2bn Scam
The convicts include Engr. Samuel Ibi, former managing director, REA; Dr. Abdullahi Aliyu, former permanent secretary of the ministry of power; Simon Kirdi Nanle, an Accountant in REA; Engr. Kayode Orekoya, Director of Projects; Abdusamad Garba Hahun, Assistant Director and Kayode Oyedeji, Head of Legal Department.
EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren said the men were arranged by the agency for criminal breach of trust in fraudulently awarding contract for Grid Extension and Solar Electricity from the amended 2008 budget of the REA.
They also fraudulently facilitated the withdrawal of the sum of N119.7million from the account of the agency domiciled in Central Bank of Nigeria.
In the course of trial, the prosecution led by Kemi Pinheiro, SAN, called 7 witnesses before closing its case.
Rather than open its defence, the defendants through Paul Ewekoro SAN made a no case submission which was overruled by the Court and thereafter were called upon to open their defences.