May 14, 2015

$330.000 fraud: Accused failed EFCC’s lie detector test – Witness

$330.000 fraud: Accused failed EFCC’s lie detector test  –  Witness


By Abdulwahab Abdulah & Bartholomew Madukwe
Lagos—A polygraph expert, Mr Chinedum Enanya, yesterday told an Ikeja High Court that a court registrar, Oluronke Rosolu, who is facing trial for allegedly aiding a Lagos socialite, Fred Ajudua, to defraud Major- Gen Ishaya Bamaiyi (retd) of $330,000, was deceptive in her responses and her involvement in the crime when a “lie detector test” was carried out on her at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Enanya, an operative attached to the Polygraph Unit of EFCC, told the court that he conducted the “lie detector test” on Rosolu on January 17, last year.

Led in evidence by the EFCC counsel, Mr Seidu Atteh, Enanya explained that the examination was conducted with the consent of the defendant (Rosolu) and a consent form was duly signed by her at the polygraph interrogation room.

“Three relevant questions were put to the defendant. She was asked if she had ever visited Kirikiri Prison and whether she collected any money from Bamaiyi. She was also asked whether she lied in her statement that she never took money from Bamaiyi,” Enanya said.

According to him, after the analysis, when her responses were compared with the controlled questions, more tensions were recorded on the side of the relevant questions.

“This showed that the defendant was deceptive in her responses and her involvement in the crime,” the witness added.

Enanya informed the court that he later produced his report for the investigating team regarding what has happened.

The court admitted as exhibits, the EFCC polygraph consent form, certificate of identification, copy of the polygraph chart and the polygraph report.

After admitting the polygraph report as exhibit, the presiding judge, Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo, adjourned the matter to June 8, 9 and 10.

Rosolu (defendant), who is a former registrar to Justice Joseph Oyewole, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy to obtain money by false pretences and obtaining money by false pretences.

EFCC said the fraud took place while Bamaiyi and Ajudua were being remanded at Kirikiri Maximum Prison for separate criminal charges between November 2004 and June 2005.

The anti-graft agency said Ajudua obtained the money from Bamaiyi claiming that it represented the professional fees charged by Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) to handle his case.

He is also allegedly claimed that the money would help to facilitate Bamaiyi’s release from prison.