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How Lamido Ordered Payments For ‘Ghost’ Contracts, By Witness

Posted: Jun 1, 2016 at 6:37 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)



Mr Michael Wetkas, a prosecution witness in the trial of former Jigawa Governor, Sule Lamido, told the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday that the defendant authorised payment for contracts not executed.

Wetkas told the court that Lamido authorised that sums be paid into the bank account of Dantata & Sawoe Construction Company for contracts that never existed.

Lamido and his two sons, Aminu and Mustspha, are on trial on 27 counts of money laundering.

Wetkas told the court, presided over by Justice Adeniyi Ademola, that investigations were carried out from 2007 to 2015.

Led in evidence by Mr Chile Okoroma, prosecution counsel, Wetkas said his investigating team visited Dantata & Sawoe Construction Company to probe the purported contracts.

He said Mr Sylvester Agoha, a manager of the company, who earlier claimed to have supervised the execution of the contracts, later denied knowledge of them.

Agoha said that the contract papers were only presented to him to sign, the witness said.

According to Wetkas, Lamido and his sons’ companies, Speeds International Limited, Bamaina Holding Company and Gada Company, allegedly supplied bitumen, iron rods and diesel to the Dantata Yard in Kano.

He said a member of the investigating team, Mr Kabiru Mohammed, travelled to the Kano office of the company to verify the alleged supplies of bitumen, Iron rods and diesel.

He said that his teammate was informed by the person responsible for receiving such items in Kano that he had neither heard of such companies nor received supplies from them.

The position of the investigation was that such contracts never existed and such items were never delivered.

“However, there were payments made by the Jigawa State Government into the Access Bank Plc account of Dantata & Sawoe Construction Company between 2008 and 2009 for the said contract,” he said.

A forensic report from the team’s investigation showed that transactions for the contracts were fraudulently entered into the company’s records 2014 and 2015 instead of 2010 and 2013 when the contracts were allegedly executed.

Ademola adjourned proceedings in the matter to Thursday for continuation of the witness’s testimony.