- The witness, Malam Mohammed Ndawuya, says the N1.7 billion was part of the N2 billion received from the federal government
- The sum, he says, is part of the ecological fund to Niger state
- The case is adjourned to June 27, for further hearing
An EFCC witness has told a Federal High Court in Minna how three companies mentioned in the fraud case involving Babangida Aliyu, a former Niger state, got N1.7 billion meant for ecological projects on the same day.
Daily Trust reports that Aliyu and his former commissioner, Malam Umar Nasko, are standing trial on 8-count charges bothering on criminal conspiracy and money laundering to the tune of over N1.940 billion released by the federal government to the state in 2014.
The report said that at the resumed hearing in the case, the auditor-general, Malam Mohammed Ndawuya, led in evidence by the counsel to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Barrister Ben Ikani, gave details of the fund disbursement.
According to him, an audit of government accounts in 2014 showed that the ministry of finance received N2 billion for ecological projects.
The funds, he said, were transferred to the ministry of environment, parks and garden which was then headed by Nasco, and that out of the amount, N1.7 billion was paid out to three contractors.
The companies include Septra Plus Consult, MJ Eco Projects and ID Sabil on the same day.
The report said three witnesses were taken at the resumed hearing.
These include former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Malam Seidu Ndako Idris, the accountant general and Waniko Ebenezer, the relationship manager of Ecobank limited.
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So far, nine prosecution witnesses have testified in the case.
Justice Yellim Bogoro adjourned the matter till June 27, for continuation of hearing.
NAIJ.com earlier reported how the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday, June 26, arraigned former Niger governor Babangida Aliyu in court over alleged corruption.
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