Contractor Admits Receiving N2.17billion From Office Of NSA Under Ex-President Buhari For No Project

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A contractor, Olugbenga Obadina, is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for receiving payments from the Office of the National Security Adviser, (NSA) on November 28, 2015, under former President Muhammadu Buhari without any contractual agreement.

Obadina told Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja that the payments made to his company, Almond Projects Limited was neither meant for installation of power plant in Yobe State nor for any power project whatsoever in the state.

The contractor and his company, Almond Projects Limited, first and second defendants respectively, are being prosecuted by the EFCC on an eight-count charge bordering on conspiracy, official corruption and money laundering to the tune of N2,17,190,000 (Two Billion, Seventeen Million, One Hundred and Ninety Thousand Naira), being payment they allegedly received from the Office of the National Security Adviser under Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd.) on November 28, 2015 for doing nothing or scheduled to do anything on behalf of the federal government.

When the matter came up on Monday, under cross-examination based on his evidence-in-chief, prosecution counsel, Ibrahim Buba asked the defendant to identify the project for which payments were made to his company.

A statement by EFCC’s Head Media and Publicity Dele Oyewale, said that Obadina was specifically, asked to state if the payment was for the purpose of installing a power plant or any power project in Yobe State, to which he answered in the negative.

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“My lord, with reference to payments in the document that is written, particularly to the Almond project, no site was mentioned in all of the descriptions. No location was mentioned in any of the descriptions my lord,” he said.

Prodded further by prosecution counsel to confirm if it would be right to say that no part of the payments was made for the installation of solar or power plants in Yobe State, the defendant acquiesced, stating, “Yes, none of these payments was made for the installation of solar in the state.”

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