Why we didn’t invite Jonathan for questioning – EFCC
Shehu Shuaibu, an investigating officer for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, testified before the Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday that the N4.6 billion purportedly put into a Joint Trust account was used to fund the 2015 campaign of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
In his testimony before Justice Daniel Osiagor during the trial of Senator Nenadi Usman, a former minister of finance, Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, and two other defendants for alleged money laundering and other fraud-related offences, Shuaibu made this claim.
He claimed that throughout their investigation, his team from the EFCC’s Special Task Force did not invite former President Jonathan during cross-examination by Usman’s attorney, Mr. Ferdinand Orbih (SAN).
The witness acknowledged that the second defendant, Fani-Kayode, was the organization’s Director of Media and Publicity while the first defendant, Usman, served as the Director of Finance for President Jonathan’s Campaign Organization.
He responded, “No, we did not invite him, since the President was not the one that expended the money,” when asked why he did not ask Jonathan to confirm or deny whether the funds deposited into the Joint Trust account were used for his campaign or not.
He responded, “To the best of my knowledge, I do not know whether those who transferred money into the joint trust account were charged in court or not,” when asked if they had been detained and prosecuted. Since I do not practise law, I cannot speculate as to why they have not yet been charged in court.
The witness further revealed that the funds were moved into the joint trust account after being paid from the State House to the NEA Account.
He stated that Nebolisa Emodi, the Permanent Secretary of State House, had paid him the money and that his team had invited him for questioning but had not brought charges against him.
For the trial to continue today (Friday), Justice Osiagor postponed the case.
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