Central Bank Of Nigeria Staff Tells Court How Ex-Governor Emefiele Directed Him To Collect $3Million Cash In Tranches

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Osasuwa said that Emefiele passed instructions to him through the second defendant and that he had been collecting cheques for Dumies Oil and Gas.

A Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Staff, Mr Monday Osazuwa, has narrated to an Ikeja Special Offences Court how the former Governor of the apex bank, Godwin Emefiele, on different occasions, directed him to collect the sum of $3 million cash in tranches.

Osasuwa, while being led in evidence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN) on Friday said that he was a dispatch rider in Zenith Bank since 2001 before he joined CBN as a contract staff in 2014.

He said that Emefiele was the managing director of Zenith Bank while he was working as a dispatch rider in the bank, adding that he knew Emefiele, who was his boss while in Zenith Bank before and later joined him in CBN.

Osasuwa said that he was later appointed as a senior supervisor (full time) in recording and filing of documents while working in the governor’s office in Lagos.

He said, “I was still working in the governor’s office while I was appointed as a full staff and we usually communicate through WhatsApp and email.

“I perform as a senior supervisor, recording and filing with other official roles.

“I could recall in 2020, when he was outside Lagos, he called me and said that he would give me a number that a man has something he would collect from him and that the man will give me another number of another person.

“When I got to the man’s office, he was given an envelope, counted the money and said I should give it to my boss.”

Osasuwa further told the court that the first defendant usually collected money by himself anytime he was in Lagos but any time the defendant is not around, he would tell him to give the money into the second defendant

He added that Emefiele sent him to MINL Ltd when he was with Zenith Bank.

“This company is situated at Isolo, the first defendant do send me to collect cheques from the company from Mr. Monday and when I collect the cheque from Mr. Monday, I will give it back to Emefiele and he will lodge the money into Dumies Oil and Gas,” he said.

Osasuwa further told the court that Emefiele’s co-defendant, Henry Isioma-Omoile, lived in the residence of the former CBN governor.

He said that when he collects money for his boss, he takes it to his residence at Iru Close, Ikoyi.

“Whenever I receive the money and take it to my bosses residence, Mr Emefiele will tell me to give it to the second defendant whenever he was not at home.

“I did not keep record of transactions because the instruction he gave me was that I should collect the money and bring the money to his house.

“The highest amount I collected is $1 million all in cash and some weeks later, the businessman also called me $850,000, $750,000 and $400,000 cash in tranches.

“I have never been rewarded, paid or given anything because I am doing it out of faithfulness and he knows it but he has never for once said ‘take this’,” Osasuwa said.

Under cross-examination by the Defence Counsel, Mr Abdulakeem Labi- Lawal, the witness confirmed to the court that he had been working with the defendant since 2002 but he could not say the precise years or months he had seen the second defendant but he was sure that Isioma-Omoile had been been living in Emefiele’s house for some months.

Osasuwa said that Emefiele passed instructions to him through the second defendant and that he had been collecting cheques for Dumies Oil and Gas.

However, he said that when he was made to confront the second defendant during investigation but the second defendant failed to admit it.

He said, “I started collecting cheques for Dumies Oil and Gas when I was in Zenith Bank.

“I can not calculate the exact year I have been collecting the cheques but it all started when the first defendant was the MD at zenith bank and I was working at zenith bank.” 

Earlier, Justice Oshodi had declined the oral application for adjournment moved twice by the defence counsel.

The judge adjourned the case to April 29 for trial and hearing of application for closed section.

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