By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has told the Plateau State High Court, that the Provost, Federal School of Medical Laboratory Technology Jos (FSMLT), Dr. Nkereuwem Sunday-Etukudo, and four other alleged accomplices, have siphoned the sum of N359m, meant for contract in the school.
The EFCC through its witness, detective Abdurazaq Salawu, also tendered additional documents, before the court presided over by Justice, Christiane Dabub, in support of its prosecution against Dr. Nkereuwem Sunday-Etukudo, Yusuf Samuel (Accountant), Ernest Demtoe (Secretary of Tenders Board), Goodluck Echewa and Asio Udoh (both contractors of the school).
The defendants are standing trial on 15 counts charges of; conspiracy and diversion of the school funds to the tune of N359 Million between 2008 and 2013.
Led by Counsel to the EFCC, Samuel Okeleke, Mr. Salawu tendered documents, which the court admitted as exhibits; “J8, J9 and J10 respectively.”
Abdurazaq Salawu, said he investigated the alleged money laundry against the defendants, he further informed the court that all the three companies involved in the contracts belongs to the School provost, and he is a signatory to their bank accounts.
The witness said Makata construction limited, was awarded contract for the clearance and construction of hostels inntye sum of N15m, and drilling of boreholes in the sum of N30m as contained in exhibit J8.
“J8, documents containing award of contracts to Makata Construction Company limited, but investigation showed that after money was paid into its bank account which belong to the 5th defendant, latter the sum of N19m were transfered from it into the Provost account on 8th October, 2008.”
He added that exhibit, J9 is a document containing an alleged contract sum of N47m awarded to M.S Batuta Company Limited, in 2008 but investigation into the company’s bank account indicated that, the account was debited with N34m in favour of the school provost, Dr. Sunday-Etukudo.
He further testified that exhibit E4 is the statement of the bank account of Dr. Sunday-Etukudo, which on September, 2008, received an inflow of N34,500,000:00 from Batuta Associates bank account.
The witness said exhibit J10 contained documents of contract award and payment votchers to Yahusa Associates limited.
Detective Salawu, said: “Further investigations revealed that on Dec. 10, 2008, Federal School of Medical Laboratory Technology (FSMLT), paid in N24,391,125:00 million in to First Bank account of Yahusa Associate Ltd, but on Dec. 16, 2008, N10 million was transferred into the account of the provost in Access bank.”
He said the amount was for the procurement of two air conditioner 32-seater Toyota Buses for the school.
Detective Salawu, also seeks 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 4th defendants, Solomon Umuh SAN, objected on the ground that his clients did not volunteered the statements.
Counsel to the 5th defendant, Aliyu Sange, objected admissibility of the statement, on ground that his client never made the statement.
The EFCC counsel Samuel Okeleke, seek for adjournment to enable him, present the officers that took the statements of the accused persons.
Justice Christine Dabub, adjourned the matter to the 23 of April, 2021.