By KUNLE OLASANMI,
The trial of the cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Azibaola Robert and wife, Stella, continued on Wednesday with the ninth witness called by the prosecution denying knowing or transacting any business with the respondents.
The witness, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, a leading information technology expert in Nigeria, who runs Teledom International Limited, told an Abuja Federal High Court in Abuja that he neither knew Azibaola Robert and his wife, Stella, nor the firm, Oneplus that was awarded the $40 million contract by the ONSA.
Led in evidence by the EFCC lawyer, SYLVANUS TAHIR, who asked him whether he knew the physical defendants and invisible defendant, Dr. Ekuwem answered in the negative: “I do not know anyone of them. And I have never, ever had any foreign exchange transaction with the defendants.”
“On 17 Dec 2014 Teledom received $330,000 into its Zenith Bank account from Axxent Consulting, a forex dealer, who is Teledom’s representative in Abuja.
“Axxent got a contract from NASS to supply units of Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System (VACIS).
“AXXENT sourced got dollars and PSID into Teledom’s account. So I do not know the Naira equivalent of the dollar.
“From the nature of our business, it is not strange to me for us to do foreign exchange transaction. We source and acquire dollars to buy goods.”
But in his testimony, the tenth prosecution witness, Mr. David Nkpe, said he was part of the team that investigated the petition against Oneplus that it got contract from the ONSA but did not execute it after being paid.
But Robert’s counsel, Chris Uche, objected to the testimony of the tenth witness, a development that resulted in a prolonged argument.
But the witness later pleaded with Justice Nnamdi Dimgba to give him permission to leave for another legal matter in a nearby court.
The judge agreed and adjourned the matter to Friday for continuation.
Jonathan’s cousin and his wife are answering to a nine-count charge bordering on alleged $40million contract scam.
Specifically, EFCC, in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/113/2016, alleged that the defendants received a $40million contract from the detained former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, retd.
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