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N2.8b NBC Fraud: Defendant Recounts, Alleges Statement Under Duress

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Wsj
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N2.8b NBC Fraud: Defendant Recounts, Alleges Statement Under Duress

Unread postby Wsj » Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:26 pm

Embattled former Director of Finance and Account of the National Broadcasting Commission, Patriçk Areh on Tuesday told a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that the statement he made on 11January 2016 over N2.8b fraud was not voluntary.
Areh who made a two page statement and endorsed same before the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleged, through his counsel Ike Chube Frank that he made the statement which admitted the transfer of N2.8b from the Commission bank account with Zenith bank to Technology Advisor account.
Frank raised the allegation of duress just as the prosecution counsel Ben Ikani applied to tender Areh’s statement through the first prosecution witness, John S.Ejim, an operative of EFCC.
The witness, Ejim had told the court that a petition written by one Oke Nwafor ignited the arrest of Emeka Mba former Director General of Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC),
Patrick Areh a former Director Finance and Account,Basil Udotai of Technology Advisors firm and Babatunji Amure of Divine Partners.
He said that the defendants conspired among themselves and transferred the sum of N2,899,723,500.00 being the proceeds of sales of 700Mega head of spectrum deposited at the commission Zenith bank account to Technology Advisor account.
The witness said that the diverted sum was illegally paid to five sectors boxes manufacturer under the digital switch over platform.
The court admitted in evidence copy of the petition sent to Executive Chairman of the Efcc that was addressed to the President .
Trial Judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole said the court will conduct a trial within trial on March 8 to ascertain the admissibility of the second defendant confessional statement.
The four defendants are facing a 15-count charge.
Part of the charges read thus: “That you Emeka Mba (while being the Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission) Patrick Areh while being the Director Finance and Account of the National Broadcasting Commission, Basil Udotai (trading in the name and style of technology advisor) and Babatunji Amure (trading on the name and style of Divine partners on or about the 15th day of August 2015 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired amongst yourselves to commit an illegal act to wit ” laundering the sum of N2,899,723,500.00 ( two billion, eight hundred and ninety nine million, seven hundred and twenty three thousand, five hundred naira) contrary to section 18 (a) of the money laundering prohibition act 2011 as amended and punishable under section 16(3) of the same Act.
“That you Emeka Mba, while being the Director General of National Broadcasting Commission, on or about the 31th day of August, 2015 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did award contracts for supply of set up top boxes in the sum of N1,237,400,000.00 for Digital Switch Over national broadcasting Commission to Gospel Digital Technology ,Trefoil Global Investment Limited, Zinox Technology limited, Media Concept International Limited and nine other firms without seeking approval of the Bureau of public procurement contrary to section 40 of the Public Procurement Act No 65, of 2007 and punishable under section 58 of the section 58 of same Act.
“That you Emeka Mba while being the Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission on or about the 10th day of August 2015, in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court transfer the sum of sum of N2,899,723,500.00 ( two billion, eight hundred and ninety nine million, seven hundred and twenty three thousand, five hundred naira) from the account of National Broadcasting Commission domicile on Zenith Bank PLC with account number 1014164267 into the account of the technology Advisor domicile in Zenith Bank with account number 1011923722, when you knew that the funds are the proceeds of unlawful activities to wit fraud and to you hereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2)(d) of the Money laundering prohibition Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under section 15(3)of the same Act.
“That you Basil Udotai (Spreading in the name and style of Technology Advisor) on and about the 12th day of August 2015 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did retained the sum of N2,899,723,500.00 ( two billion, eight hundred and ninety nine million, seven hundred and twenty three thousand, five hundred naira) in your account Zenith Bank PLC account number 1011923722 ( in the name of Technology Advisor when you reasonably ought to have known that the said funds form part of the proceeds of the unlawful activities of Emeka Mba while being the Director General of National Broadcasting to wit: fraud and you hereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2)(d) of the Money Laundering prohibition Act 2011 as amended and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act.
“That you Patrick Areh while being the Director of Finance and account of National Broadcasting Commission on or about 19 August, 2015 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, converted the aggregate sum of N410,000,000.00 (Four hundred and ten million naira) obtained from the Zenith Bank PLC account number 1011923722 ( in the name of Technology Advisor through Kalaz ventures (a Bureau De Change) and Azuku inter global services limited for your personal use knowing same to be proceeds of unlawful activities to wit fraud and you hereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2)(b) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011 as amended and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act.”


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Re: N2.8b NBC Fraud: Defendant Recounts, Alleges Statement Under Duress

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