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N359m fraud: EFCC witness presents evidence against ex-FSMLT Provost, Sunday-Etukudo

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By Muhammad Salisu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has tendered additional documents before the Plateau State High Court against the provost of the Federal School of Medical Laboratory Technology, Jos, FSMLT, Dr. Nkereuwem Sunday-Etukudo and four others over an alleged money laundry to the tune of N359m.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the EFCC had arraigned Sunday-Etukudo and Messrs Yusuf Samuel (Accountant), Ernest Demtoe (Secretary of Tenders Board), Goodluck Echewa and Asio Udoh (both contractors of the school) on a 15-count charge of conspiracy and diversion of the school’s funds to the tune of N359 Million between 2008 and 2013.

During today’s hearing, the witness, Abdurazaq Salawu, led by Counsel to the EFCC, Samuel Okeleke, tendered documents which the court admitted as exhibits J8, J9 and J10 respectively.

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In his submission, the witness informed the court presided over by Justice, Christiane Dabub, disclosed that all the three companies involved in the contract scam belong to the FSMLT provost and he is a signatory to their bank accounts.

According to him, in the exhibit J8 document, investigations showed that after money was paid into Makato Construction Company Limited’s bank account which allegedly belongs to the 5th defendant, the sum of N19m were later transferred into the Provost’s personal account on  October 8, 2008.

He added that in exhibit J9, investigations showed that in 2008, when the contract sum of N47m was paid into M.S Batuta Company Limited’s bank account, the account was debited with N34m in favour of Dr. Sunday-Etukudo.

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The witness said exhibit J10 contained documents of contract award to Yahusa Associates limited.

Mr. Salawu said:  ”My Lord, my investigations revealed that on December 10, 2008, Federal School of Medical Laboratory Technology (FSMLT), paid in N24.3 million into First Bank account of Yahusa Associate Ltd, but on December 16, 2008, N10 million was transferred into the account of the provost in Access Bank.

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“The amount was meant for the purchase of two 32-seater Toyota buses for the FSMLT.

“Before that transfer of N24.3 million, Yahusa Associate Ltd’s account had only a balance of N398.33 only as could be seen on this exhibit, P24, being bank statement of the contractor, Yahusa Associate Ltd,” Mr Salawu said.

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He also seek to tender documents containing written statements of the defendants and having tendered that of the 1st and 2nd which were admitted, counsel to the 1, 3 and 5th defendants, Solomon Umuh SAN, objected to the move on the ground that his clients did not volunteer the statements.

The EFCC counsel sought for an adjournment to enable him to present the officers that took the statements of the accused persons.

Justice Chretien Dabub adjourned the matter to April 23, 2021.

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