Witness Reveals How Monies Were Moved In Alleged N587.7m Ecowas Commission Fraud

Witness Reveals How Monies Were Moved In Alleged N587.7m Ecowas Commission Fraud

A prosecution witness, Abdulahi Tafida, who is a compliance officer with Zenith Bank Plc on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 told a Federal High Court, Abuja presided over by Justice Okon Abang, how monies were wired between companies in the money laundering trial involving Mohammed Dangana, a staff of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS Commission.

Dangana, an executive assistant to the Financial Controller, ECOWAS  Commission Secretariat Abuja, is facing prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on a 15-count charge, bordering on criminal diversion of funds, misappropriation and money laundering to the tune of over N587.7m

He was arraigned alongside Saleh Dangana(Financial Controller, ECOWAS) and Aliyu Ndagi (both still at large) on October 18, 2019.

Led in evidence today by the prosecution counsel, Wahab Shittu, Tafida made available in court, the account opening the package, mandate card, bank statement and certification of two companies: Dashad and Company Limited and Cactus Facility Management Company involved in the alleged fraud.

He said Saleh Dangana and Alhaji Aliyu Ndagi were signatories to Cactus Facility Management Company, while one Adeitan Tayo and Adeitan Shakira Motunrayo are signatories to Dashad and Company Limited. The documents were admitted in evidence by the court, marked A1-A40, B1-B29 and C1-2 respectively.

Regarding monetary transfers, Tafida revealed that there was a transfer of N100million, done in two instalments of N50million each from Dashad and Company Limited to Cactus Facility Management Company on July 28, 2016. This is said, was followed by another transfer of N62.7million between the two companies.

On August 1, 2016, he said N30million was moved to an account named: Recovery Package BDC Limited, domiciled in Diamond Bank and N40million to a company named Sangano Chambers whose account is domiciled in Guaranty Trust Bank, GTB. On the same day, he said N20million was also transferred to Halbiz Nigeria Limited, company account, domiciled in GTB.

Between August 1 and 6, 2016, the witness said that over N52million was moved out from Cactus Facility Management Company Limited account.

During cross-examination by defence counsel Chukwuma Oyenzugwume, Tafida told the court that he was not an account officer to any of the accounts, and did not take part in the opening of the accounts, affirming also that Mohammed Dangana was not a signatory to any of the accounts.

The matter was adjourned until November 14, 2019, for continuation of trial.

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