A prosecution witness within the trial of Dauda Lawal, former Government Director, First Financial institution Plc, has informed Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal Excessive Courtroom sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, how he delivered 12 padlocked luggage containing $70 million to an Abuja-based banker.
He mentioned this was on the instruction of ex-Minister of Petroleum Sources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
The witness, a former Group Normal Supervisor, GGM, Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Company, NNPC, gave the testimony earlier than Justice Hassan on Wednesday.
His identification is being protected.
Lawal is going through trial for allegedly dealing with the sum of $25 million, out of a complete of $153 million doled out by Diezani within the build-up to the 2015 common elections.
An announcement by the EFCC spokesman, Dele Oyewale, quoted the witness as narrating that he delivered the baggage loaded with money to the banker, one Charles, in entrance of Dume Grocery store in Abuja.
Led in proof by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, the witness mentioned: “My Lord, as I can bear in mind, shortly earlier than the 2015 elections, it was the norm for heads of subsidiaries of the NNPC to be invited for undisclosed briefing of actions of their departments to the minister”.
He recalled that on the finish of certainly one of such briefings, Diezani gave him the cellphone variety of a banker he had by no means met, “with a transparent instruction that I ought to convey 12 padlocked luggage to him”.
“The supply, the content material and the aim of the baggage weren’t disclosed to me. Thereafter, I known as the banker who equally confirmed to me that he had been briefed concerning the message. I delivered the baggage to him.”
The ex-GGM added that a lot later, the EFCC invited him for interrogation on the difficulty and he made an announcement to that impact.
Requested by Oyedepo to explain the sort of relationship he and others had with Diezani, the witness mentioned: “We had a command-and-obey relationship and in addition took an oath of workplace to obey directives and authority.”
Throughout cross-examination by defence counsel, Patrick Ikwueto, SAN, the witness mentioned he had by no means met Dauda Lawal earlier than.
Justice Hassan adjourned the matter to July 21, 22 and 23, 2020 for the continuation of trial.