The Prosecution yesterday explained to the Justice Babs Kuewunmi Federal High Court in Lagos how the Managing director of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Ibrahim Abdulsalam and his cohorts allegedly stole N6.8 billion from the agency’s coffers since 2013
This is just as Nigerianflightdeck has learnt on good authority that the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Transportation, Alhaji Sabiu Zakari have handed letters of suspensions to the accused who work with NAMA individually.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged Abdulsalam and Nnamdi Udoh (at large), Adegorite Olumuyiwa, Agbolade Segun, Clara Aliche, Joy Ayodele Adegorite, Randville Invesment Ltd and Multeng Travels and Tours Ltd on a 21-count.
According to the EFCC on August 19, 2013, the defendants, with intent to defraud, conspired to induce NAMA to deliver N2, 847,523,975.00 to Delosa Ltd, Air Sea Delivery Ltd and Sea Schedules Systems Ltd under false claims that the money represented the cost of clearing NAMA’s consignments.
A prosecution witness, Stanbic IBTC Bank’s Compliance Officer, Babatunde Adenekan, said NAMA’s funds were paid into Delosa’s account and distributed to others between 2013 and last year.
Adenekan, said that last February 12, the defendants allegedly transferred N10 million to Paperhouse Limited, as well as N8.6 million to Gabson Bureau de Change last March 7.
Adenekan said N10 million and N6.4 million were transferred to Paperhouse last March 7. NAMA’s funds, he said, were moved to Delosa’s account, and later transferred to Randville.
He added: “On October 16, 2014, N38.8 million came into Delosa’s account. That same day, N9 million in four places was transferred into Randville account. That same day, N2.3 million was also paid into Randville account.
“On November 11, 2014, N98.2 million came into Delosa’s account. On that day, N9 million in three places was transferred to Randville. Another N3million was transferred to Randville the same day, while N7.8 million was transferred to Multeng and Tours Limited.
“On December 3, 2014, N88.9 million came in. The same day, N9 million in four places was transferred to Randville and another N2.5 million transferred to Randville.
“On December 7, 2014, N37.5 million came into Delosa’s account from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). On the December 18, N10 million in three places was transferred to Randville Investment Limited and another N7million on the same day”, he stated.
He said Randville had 10 fixed deposit accounts and one current account. The signatories, he said, were Agbolade Segun (third accused) and his wife, Agbolade Susan.
According to him, N3.1 million was also transferred to Segun’s personal account on January 2, 2013, adding that Bola Akinribido and Sesebor Abiodun also benefited from the cash distribution.
The case has been adjourned till May 30.