N24billion Police Pension Scam: No Vouchers for N9.7 billion withdrawals – Witness

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The trial of the seven persons accused of complicity in the over N24 billion scam in the police pension office resumed Wednesday before Justice Hussein Baba Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Abuja with prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, leading the fourth prosecution witness, Mustapha Gadanya, in evidence.

Mr. Gadanya a former staff of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, recalled the evidence he gave in court in December 2014, where he revealed that the Police Pension Office could not provide vouchers to authenticate payments amounting to N9.7billion made to Veronica Onyegbula, the fourth accused person in the case, between 2007 and 2008.

On the first defendant, Esai Dangaba, Mr. Gadanya told the court that a search warrant executed on his company, AMT Global Concept at Jabi Abuja yielded several incriminating evidence. The value of some of the recovered documents and financial instrument ran into billions of naira.

These includes; copies of cheques drawn from the account of Esai Dangaba, a draft of FCMB issued to AMSAR Int’l, Fixed deposit slips of N198million for AMD Global Concept, Company papers of Damule Nigeria Limited, future Logistics Technology, Marine Logistics and Leisure Integrated Limited, document of one billion naira worth investment from Skye Bank among others. These were tendered by prosecution and admitted in evidence by the Judge as Exhibits P11, P11A to P11J. Exhibit P11E-J, P11F, P11G, P11H, P11I, and P11J.

The witness further testified that a letter was written to FCMB to furnish the team with bank statements and instruments used in crediting and debiting the account and other relevant documents of Damule Nigeria limited.

From the bank’s response it was discovered that the directors of the company were no other than the wife and two sons of Esai Dangaba, the first accused, using the names Milly Lamura, Yila Lamura(deceased) and Mela Lamura.

“While reviewing the Drivers License and account mandate card, we discovered the picture of “Mela Lamura” turned out to be Mela Esai Dangaba, Yila Lamura is actually his late son and Milly Lamura is the first accused wife,” Mr. Gadanya said.

Meanwhile, the witness disclosed that the Federal Road Safety Commission, in response to a request by the EFCC, replied that the drivers’ license used in opening the accounts were not issued by it.

The license were tendered and admitted in evidence.

The witness also revealed that analysis of Damule account showed a turnover of seven billion, six hundred and ninety one million seven hundred and twenty eight thousand, six hundred and forty one naira thirteen kobo (N7,691,728,641.13k), between March 18, 2009 to February 24, 2010 with most of the inflow occurring when Mr. Dangabar was director of the police pension office.

He disclosed that the account recorded cash deposit of N233 million on April3,2009 in 40 different tranches between N2 to N2.5million.

“We discovered that between April 1, 2009 to 18 February, 2010 over N971m was fixed into deposit account by the defendant in FCMB…, over N983million was transferred to another account of same Damule in Skye bank, ” Mr. Gadanya said.

The accused persons, Esai Dangabar, Atiku Abubakar Kigo, Ahmed Inuwa Wada, Mrs. Veronica Ulonma Onyegbula, Sani Habila Zira, Uzoma Cyril Attang and Christian Madubuke were all present court.

Justice Baba adjourned the case to February 11, 2016 for continuation of trial.


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  • Otile

    Was it not Obasanjo’s relative Tafa that embezzled the police money?

    • PolyGon2013

      He embezzled some money but not the pension. Tafa was humiliated out of power. I think he served some jail term, but not enough.

    • peaceometer

      Tafa embezzled police equipment found.

    • A Aminu

      Yes Tafa Balogun embezzled police pension fund, but that will not stop others to do the same, he did not finish all the funds. Others join him, and they are now put to trial. Tafa’s loot was seized, and I am happy it is seized. In this case, FCMB bank that aided the stealing of the money must be made to pay this money. FCMB knew these money wired to them is stolen, but because they want make profit from free funds deposited, they took it.

  • Angry Niaja

    Everywhere is corruption, what is it with Nigerians, it never used to be so bad, it was bad enough, when contracts were padded by adding 10%, but at least the job was done, now these thieves do not even bother to do the work, they just loot the funds. We have the highest number of churches and mosques in the world yet we do not have the fear of God, what a country.

    • A Aminu

      I agree with you entirely. In the past, a civil servant lives a very modest way of life. The village headmaster is concern with his position in the society, and he is contented with that position, and draws enough satisfaction from that respect. Today, go to Abuja, the best mansions belong to civil servants and legistilators. They own half of the businesses using fronts usually their brothers and sisters. They ride the most expensive cars around. I was standing in a shop the other day, a civil servant bought 10 pieces of shoes/slippers at a time. For how many traps would he use 10 pairs of shoes. I repeat your analysis, we have the highest number of mosques and churches in world, but we do not fear God.

    • Onike24

      Which is why Jonathan said Ordinary stealing is not corruption! He must have known that there was no sophistication to the corruption, people were actually just diverting monies, they didn’t even bother to award sham contracts. The whole state was a grand criminal enterprise.

  • A Aminu

    The FCMB or any bank for that matter that is cought aiding and abetting stealing the nations money should be joined in the case and be made to pay back such stolen money. It is my opinion that the bank is in collaboration with the fraudulent pension fund staff on trial. If not for the greed of the bank, how can you accept a deposit of well over N7.61bn from a person within the period of March 2009 – February, 2010, whose legitimate business is not known to you. No business firm, or individual makes this kind of money.
    The law is there for the banks to report receipt of suspicious activity. Unless if the bank can show they reported to the authority that this pension fund staff to the relevant authority and they expressly received a reply that the authority is aware of the stolen money.
    Banks,and other financial institutions must be held responsible in cases of these nature, and our money should be recovered from them.

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    • Onike24

      Thank you! Absolutely spot on.

    • David Adeniran

      You are perfectly right!

    • theoeke

      Where have you been living your life all these years? This is Nigeria my friend, where the unexpected things often happen and with, if I may say, unethical logic. This is why this country qualifies for a wholistic make over and not this tic tac, incremental war on corruption. When this level of brazen corrupt practices are encouraged to fester with impunity and when the institutions mandated by “law” to combat these societal ills are acquiescing and colluding with nefarious characters to perpetrate and defraud the people, what manner of hope is there left for such a country?
      I am not persuaded by the boisterous moves so far exhibited by the toothless EFCC in its seemingly calculated missteps when preferring cases of this magnitude. What often ends up happening with these high profile cases is that they fizzle and disappear like a meteorite. They roar in like starving pact of lions eager to devour their prey, and then wimp out like some meek and gentle lambs. Nothing good will ever come out of this. The plot is much deeper and sinister and more diabolic than meets the ordinary eye. This is Nigeria. Welcome to the zoo where only the strong is guaranteed to survive.