The trial of Ope Saraki, ex-Senior Particular Assistant to Kwara State Governor on Millenium Improvement Targets (MDGs), commenced on Thursday.
The prosecution referred to as its star witness, Kunle Adimula, who testified earlier than Justice Babangana Ashigar of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Ilorin.
The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) had on March 24, 2020 arraigned Saraki for alleged cash laundering.
The cousin of former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, allegedly collected a sum of N11,180,000 for some tasks below the MDGs.
The sum exceeded the contract quantity payable to a person and contravened Part 1 and 16 of the Cash Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended) and punishable below Part 16 of the identical Act.
Adimula narrated how the defendant acquired N11,180,000 money in 2019.
“My Lord, I’m an worker of the Kwara State Authorities. I used to be deployed to the workplace of the SSA on Millenium Improvement Targets (MDGs), Alhaji Ope Saraki. I’ve recognized him since 2012. On the eighth of February 2019, he instructed me to gather the sum of N11,180,000 from the Controller of Finance and Accounts, Ministry of Planning, Mr. Shiru Mohammed and hand over the identical to him. The instruction was complied with virtually instantly”, he stated.
Adimula, led in proof by EFCC counsel, Sesan Ola, recalled that he was issued a receipt after he handed over the cash to the defendant, which he gave to the CFA.
A duplicate of the receipt was proven to the witness which he recognized and tendered as proof by the prosecuting counsel.
The doc was admitted as Exhibit EFCC 1; its admissibility was not opposed by the defence counsel, Joshua Olatoke (SAN).
When requested whether or not he was conscious that the undertaking was budgeted for and accredited by the Kwara State Home of Meeting, Adimula stated it was not inside his purview to know.
The case has been adjourned till January 13, 2021.