- Three persons working as staff members an NGO have been arrested for stealing N4.5 million
- The fund, according to one witness, Abasiekong Udobang, the programme manager of MTN Nigeria, was meant for persons living with HIV
- The case has been adjourned till Tuesday, June 26
After being arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Thursday, May 3, Owolabi Kayode Samuel, Esther Olubukola Mate and Abimbola David-Orugun were arraigned before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Lagos state High Court for misappropriating the N4.576m.
The accused, identified as staff of Hope Worldwide Foundation, a Non-Government Organisation (NGO), taking care of HIV/AIDS patients, were arraigned alongside Cumulative Ventures Limited and Continental Best Buys Limited, Yabaleft reports.
The first prosecution witness, Abasiekong Udobang, the programme manager of MTN Nigeria, informed the court how the suspects misappropriated funds meant for the treatment of people with the disease and the less-privileged in the country.
Moreover, Udobangtold the court that the money belonged to MTN Foundation, a subsidiary of MTN Nigeria, which was established for the purpose of giving back to the society, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
During cross-questioning by the defence counsel, J. O.Odubela ( SAN) the witness confirmed that the fund meant for the treatment of the AIDs victim was usually paid to Hope Worldwide every four months.
Justice Oshodi adjourned the case to June 26, 2018 for continuation of trial.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, had warned Nigerians against the new bill to regulate Non Governmental Organisations (NGO) activities in Nigeria.
Fani-Kayode, in a tweet, warned that the bill would cripple Nigerians churches and mosques if it was allowed to be passed into law.
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