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Nigeria Prisons official's fraud trial deferred

17 April 2015, 19:34

Lagos - The trial of Imaobong Akon Esu-Nte, an accountant with the Nigeria Prisons Service, and two accomplices has been adjourned to May.

The trial of Imaobong Akon Esu-Nte, an accountant with the Nigeria Prisons Service, and two accomplices has been adjourned to May.

She is appearing alongside Olukolade Olabamiji, a businessman and Mohammed Abdulkadir, a banker, to answer to an eleven-count charge of conspiracy, forgery, abuse of office and money laundering.

At the last court appearance at the Federal Capital Territory, the first prosecution witness, Sini Omar telling the court how the Prison Accountant conspired with the other accused persons to launder funds from the Nigeria Prisons Service into the accounts of companies where she has interests.

Omar, an Assistant Superintendent of Police with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, Aso Larry Peters, told the court that Esu-Nte used her position as prison accountant, and connived with the other accused persons to launder money from the accounts of the Nigeria Prisons Service into Royal Mall Nigeria Limited, Transferase Ventures and I.D Integrated Petroleum in the guise of executing nonexistent contracts.

 Omar further told the court that the first accused, Esu-Nte, was specifically questioned on how N110 million and N90 million was lodged into the accounts of Royal Mall Nigeria Limited (second accused) and Transferase Ventures (third accused) in January and February 2014 respectively.

The witness told the court that the Nigeria Prisons Service never had any contract with the second and third accused.

 The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The case has been adjourned to May 20 and 21.

- CAJ News

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