How police pension boss misappropriated N24 billion, owning 22 houses in Abuja – Witness

FILE PHOTO: Nigeria Police Officers
FILE PHOTO: Nigeria Police Officers

Mustapha Gadanya, an Economic and Financial Criminal Commission, EFCC, witness, on Wednesday told an FCT High Court how the then Director of Police Pensions moved funds into different accounts

Mr. Gadanya was among the team that investigated the matter.

Esai Dangabar was the former Director of the Police Pension Fund.

Mr. Dangabar, Atiku Kigo, Ahmed Wada, Veronica Onyegbula, Sani Zira, Uzoma Attang and Christian Madubuke are standing trial for complicity in the over N24 billion scam in the police pension office

Mr. Gadanya, in his testimony, told the court how Mr. Dangabar deposited some money in accounts in different banks.

Led in evidence by Rotimi Jacobs, the witness said that the bank analysis revealed that Mr. Dangabar fixed some amount in the bank to yield turnover

He said that about N320 million was deposited in Skye bank between May 2008 and July 2009 for his companies, Marine Logistics and leisure Integrated Ltd.

Mr. Gadanya told the court that the roll over accrued for him amounted to N249.8 million and N241 million, respectively which was later sent to the Federal Government after it was discovered.

He informed the court that between February, 2009 and June 2010, the manager of Skye Bank, Jabi branch, helped the first defendant to launder about N840 million.

Mr. Gadanya said the first defendant was also discovered to be the Managing Director and the sole signatory of Damule Nigeria Limited, the company his son was listed as director

The witness told the court that Dangarbar’s 16 duplexes at Wuyi District and six flats at Efab, in Abuja, had been forfeited temporarily to the Federal Government.

The judge, Justice Husseni Baba-Yusuf, adjourned the trial till October 13 for continuation of hearing.



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  • ayobamiba

    From every indications ,nigerias brand of corruption is perversive,it does not have colour,tribe ,religion or political party. My take is that there is not yet a sincere national holistic manhunt for corruption such that can cause fear ,awe and deterrent against the acts of corruption in Nigeria. I am praying for a day that a president who truly hates corruption with hot passion ,shall arise in Nigeria.If buhari is fighting corruption and right under his nose,acts of corruption is been carried on with impunity, it means we are just been over dramatising and regaling ourselves in the frenzy of self defeating hypocrisy akin to abachas and objs fight against corruption. Let buhari develop a clear and unambiguous anticurruption road map bill and send to Nass on the real brutal war against corruption. Let a national emergency be declared against corrupt practices as a nation being invaded by external aggressive enemy must do to survive. Let a separate anti corruption agencies peopled by highly intelligent legal minds ,tried and proved incorruptible Nigerians ,who are passionately angry against corruption be immediately established in all the states of Nigeria.let d duration for every corruption case be nothing more than 18 months . let specialized anti corruption courts be set up like tribunals , and let them be fully independent from our normal judiciary. The corruption courts should be protected with ouster clauses to prevent the normal courts from intruding into the cases before them. let them have powers to summon and stripe even the President of his immunity once prima facie case of corrupt practice had been established against him after due diligence investigations by crack team of unbiased, untainted and uncompromising investigators. let both the anti corruption courts, agencies, etc be insulated from executive, legislative and judicial pandering /interference. let them be fully independent with full powers to arrest even the President if he puts himself into corrupt practices. the appeal arising from the tribunals shall go straight to the special anti corruption supreme court which shall be solely established for that purpose and which shall have equal and coordinate jurisdictions with the supreme court of Nigeria. all appeals to the anticorruption supreme court must be decided within 90 days. let total forfeiture of all life acquisitions and properties of a convicted corrupt persons, with death penalty be the punishment for corrupt practices. Also corruption must be defined to include wilful marginalization ,cheating or discrimination of any zone , citizens or part of Nigeria because of their tribe,faith,religion , ethnicity or political leaning in the discharge of government polices,appointments and sharing of political or government patronages in Nigeria. corruption war in Nigeria shall not be successful when the actions and inactions of authorities concerned are tainted with bias,nepotism, wilful malicious tendencies, discrimination against citizens based on tribe /religion, political inclinations and wilful circumventing of rules and laws etc. A corruption war that is not fought on clear and unambiguous transparent framework is bound to pull Nigerians twards tribal,ethnic ,religious and parochial narratives. Nigeria needs an anti corruption war that is all inclusive and encompassing and must not respect age,status,tribe,race,ethnicity, religion, political affiliations etc. Buhari should set up an anti corruption strong door where every Nigerian citizen who have held political office , government contractor,civil servants,trade unionists, pastors ,immams,business men who withheld their taxes etc since 1983 must have to pass through to justify his /her wealth without any discrimination or application of unorthodox manipulation . whosoever that got trapped in that door must pay the greatest prize for his /her corruption.If buhari can do this and enforce it to the letter, within 24 months,Nigeria shall be free of anything corruption. This is d way to go about this war and all patriotic citizens shall support it with burning passion. May God give our President more grace , wisdom and courage to follow this pathway. Making some scapegoats of corruption war is not in the overall interest of justice , fairness and future of Nigerian nation.

    • Saydo Shan

      Excellent. Spot on.

  • Rommel

    This was the PDP in action

    • Julius