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Cross River Assembly to confirm Justice Akom Ikpeme as substantive Chief Judge Thursday

An operative with the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), Mr Bello Hamma-Adama, on Wednesday, informed a Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja {that a} sum of N75 million was recovered from Halima, spouse of a former Minister for Particular Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Tanimu Turaki.

Tanimu Turaki was a Minister within the President Goodluck Jonathan-led authorities between 2013 and 2015.

Turaki additionally served as a supervising Minister for the Federal Ministry of Labour between 2014 and 2015.

Hamma-Adama, the fifth prosecution witness (PW5) within the ongoing trial of Turaki, made the disclosure earlier than Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal Excessive Court docket, Abuja.

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He, nevertheless, stated the cash was later transferred in tranches into non-public people’ accounts.

Giving the breakdown, Hamma-Adama, who was the lead investigator within the company, stated N45 million was transferred to the Minister’s brother, Abdullahi Maigwandu, by means of his Zenith Checking account.

Out of the N45 million, he stated Maigwandu transferred N20 million to the Assure Belief Checking account of Halima Tanimu Turaki, the ex-minister’s spouse.

In line with him, the sum of N20 million was transferred to O-Pec Nig Ltd.

Hamma-Adama stated that the remaining N5 million was withdrawn in China utilizing the ATM of Maigwandu by Halima to acquire furnishings gadgets.

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He stated, “N30 million was transferred to Abubakar Sani Gude’s Zenith Checking account from the ministry’s account, and the N30 million was despatched to the spouse of the first defendant (Turaki).

“We referred to as for the Maigwandu’s account assertion in Zenith Financial institution. We found he’s a civil servant in Kebbi on a wage of about N33, 000.

“We suspected a case of cash laundering, and we did a community evaluation, and we found that he couldn’t have owned that cash as a result of he’s on N33, 000 wage.”

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“He stated he’s a brother to the previous minister and that the cash was transferred on his instruction,” he added.

Nevertheless, the Decide, Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter till Feb. 9 and Feb. 10 for trial continuation.

Recall that the EFCC had arraigned the previous Minister (1st defendant) alongside his former Particular Assistant, Sampson Okpetu (2nd defendant), and two corporations; Samtee Necessities Ltd and Pasco Funding Ltd, on 16 counts of cash laundering.

The duo had pleaded not responsible to the costs.

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