By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor
Abuja—Details of how seven people looted N24 billion police pension funds were narrated to an Abuja High Court, yesterday, by a prosecution witness, Mustapha Gadanya.
The witness said that the seven accused persons opened accounts with fictitious names and diverted huge sums of police funds into the accounts.
Those standing trial for the offence are Esai Dangabar, Atiku Kigo, Ahmed Inuwa Wada, Veronica Ulonma Onyegbula, Sani Habila Zira, Uzoma Cyril Attang and Christian Madubuke.
Dangabar, a former Director, Police Pension Board, and his co-accused are being prosecuted before Justice Hussein Baba by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Led in evidence by counsel to EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), Gadanya narrated how Dangabar used fake names to operate various accounts, in which millions of naira were lodged, including an account he opened with a picture of his son, Maila Esai Dangabar.
According to the witness, “investigation and review of the opening package of the accused’s account at Zenith Bank revealed that the account was in the name of one ‘Taure Shaudi,’ but the picture on the mandate card was that of his son, Maila Dangabar.”
Gadanya said following the discovery, Maila was invited to volunteer his statement wherein he denied ownership of the account.
He said: “The driver’s licence used for the opening of the said account had the picture of Maila, but bore Taure Shaudi’s name.
“The account had a turnover of about N103 million. When the account officer was invited by the commission, she revealed that the account belonged to the first defendant, Esai Dangabar.”
Gadanya further narrated how Dangabar used the account of Marine Logistics and Leisure Integrated Services Limited at Skye Bank Plc to make fixed deposits of over N800 million, adding that the certificate to that effect was found in his office during a search.