EFCC’s witness denies entry of state funds in Daniel’s account



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The corruption trial of former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel,  continued today as the second prosecution witness of the Economic  and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) denied claims that state funds were deposited in a bank account allegedly belonging to the ex-governor.

The  witness, Mrs. Omolara Abiodun Akiode, who works as a marketer at  FinBank Plc, spoke under cross-examination before an Abeokuta High Court  presided over by Justice Olanrewaju Mabekoje.

Her testimony came  shortly before the court ordered the EFCC to return Daniel’s international passport to enable him seek medical attention abroad.

Justice  Mabekoje gave the order following an application filed by Daniel’s lead  counsel, Professor Taiwo Osipitan (SAN), who said there was urgent need  for the accused to seek medical check-up in London, United Kingdom.

The former governor is standing trial on a 38-count charge preferred against him by the anti-graft commission.

At  the resumed trial yesterday, the EFCC presented its second prosecution  witness to testify on certain transactions in a corporate current  account of Masterline Investment and Property Ltd.

The bank  official, who was led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi  Jacobs, told the court that one Engineer J.O. Daniel was the sole  signatory to the company’s account opened in 2000 and domiciled at Allen  branch.

She disclosed that three cheque deposits, totalling N29million, were lodged into the account between 2005 and 2006.

However, under cross-examination by one of Daniel’s counsel, Mrs. Titi Akinlawon  (SAN), Akiode said she did not have any knowledge of suspicious  transactions on the account.

At the end of the proceedings, Justice Mabekoje ordered the EFCC to release Daniel’s international passport to enable the former governor to seek medical treatment in London.

The judge ruled following a Motion on Notice filed by the defence counsel which was not opposed by the prosecution.

Osipitan,  who highlighted five grounds for the medical trip, said the application  was supported by 24 paragraph affidavit deposed to by Daniel, a written address as well as X-ray and medical report marked as Exhibit OGD 1 and  OGD 2.

The judge therefore ruled that Daniel  must return to the country on or before September 30, 2012.

He added that the ex-governor must return the passport to the commission’s custody within three days of his arrival.

Justice Mabekoje, therefore, adjourned the case to October 15, 25 and 26 for continuation of trial.

 


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