Witness indicts Nasarawa’s former gov in fraud trial
A PROSECUTION witness in the fraud case against former governor of Nasarawa State, Akwe Doma, has indicted the former governor, claiming he did not follow due process in the withdrawal and disbursement of security votes.
The witness, Solomon Katsa, who is a former director of finance told Justice A.A Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting in Lafia that, the defendants did not at all times follow due process in the disbursement and withdrawal of security votes.
Akwe Doma is standing trial alongside former secretary to the state Timothy Anjide and Dauda Egwa, former Accountant General on a 10-count charge bordering on money laundering and financial crimes preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Spokesman to the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren said yesterday that the accused persons allegedly between January 2007 and December 2009 conspired and fraudulently laundered state funds to tune of N8 billion; an offence contrary to section 14(1)(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2004 and punishable under Section 14(1) of the same Act.
Answering questions under cross-examination, Katsa stated that, “special releases are referred to as undisclosed security payment because those payments were not made to them in the account department and I don’t know why it is so,” Uwujaren stated, quoting the witness.
The witness told the court that, he was not privy to the deliberations and decisions of Nasarawa State Security Council and he did not know if the members of Nasarawa State Security Council were the only body responsible to know the specific security challenges that warranted special security disbursement.”
“All I know is that, release for special security disbursement are budgeted by the House of Assembly,” Katsa told the court.
According to him, he did not understand any implication of approval of security expenditure by Nasarawa House of Assembly, as all approvals by the House are budget proposal submitted by ministries, agencies and departments.
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