Prosecutor tenders $1.3 mln recovered from a member of presidential committee on arms deal
Nigeria prosecutor on Thursday tendered before a Federal High Court in Abuja $1.3 million cash among other currencies as evidence against a member of the Presidential Committee on the Procurement of Arms and Equipment in the Armed Forces, Umar Mohammed.
Umar, a retired Air Commodore and his firm, Easy Jet Integrated Services Limited, are facing prosecutions on a three-count charge of alleged money laundering, illegal possession of firearms and classified documents without authority.
Umar is accused of receiving $1.3 million cash from a firm, Worldwide Consortium PTY Limited in 2016, through Easy Jet, an act said to constitute a violation of the Money Laundering Act 2011.
At the resumption of proceedings, lead prosecution lawyer, Labaran Magaji tendered the cash, through a witness, Stephen Olatubosun.
Magaji also tendered some other currencies, stating that all the items were recovered from the defendants’ possession.
When Magaji was done with the witness, the lead defence witness, Hassan Liman cross-examined Olatubosun.
Liman later told the court that his clients intended to make a no-case submission.
He said the prosecution had not been able to establish a prima facie case against the defendants to warrant their being required to enter a defence.
Trial Judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo ordered that the cash tendered by the prosecution should be deposited in an account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), by the court’s Chief Registrar pending the conclusion of trial.
Justice Ewko then adjourned till May 27 for the adoption of parties’ written submissions in relation to the defendants’ no-case submission.