By Innocent Anaba
A prosecution witness and also investigator with Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Tosin Owobo, in the on-going trial of Christian Nwosu, an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, who was accused of receiving N30 million as bribe, yesterday, told a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos that he (Nwosu) was neither intimidated nor induced to make the statement.
Trial judge in the matter is Justice Mohammed Idris.
Nwosu, who is being prosecuted by the EFCC, was alleged to have received the money being part of a N23 billion alleged Diezani Alison-Madueke bribe meant to compromise electoral officers before the 2015 general election.
The defendant had earlier admitted to collecting the money and had sought for a plea bargain arrangement with EFCC but due to the judge’s rejection of the terms of the agreement, Nwosu reversed his “guilty” plea to “not guilty.”
At the resumed hearing of the matter, yesterday, EFCC’s counsel, Nnemeka Omewa called it first prosecution witness, Owobo, to explain to the court how the commission investigated the offence and how Nwosu ‘s statement was obtained.
Owobo told the court that Nwosu’s statement was obtained under standard practice without inducement, intimidation or threat.
Under cross examination, Nwosu’ s counsel, Victor Opara asked Owobo whether he was aware that the commission imposed counsel on client and he said was not aware.