N1.3bn Fraud: I gave Ex-Gov Nyame N101m Cash, Witness insists
A Permanent Secretary in the Taraba state government house, Mr Denis Orkuma Nev who is also a prosecution witness in the on-going trial of former governor of the state, Rev Jolly Nyame on Monday September 27 th, 2010 insisted he gave the ex-governor N101 million cash after withdrawing the money from the state accounts on the nstructions of Nyame.
Ex-governor Nyame , is facing a 41 count charge of money laundering, criminal breach of trust and gratification, totaling one billion, three hundred and sixty million naira (N1, 360,000,000)before Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the FCT high court, Gudu Abuja.
Nev had at the last hearing of the case in June while being led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs told Justice Banjoko how the former governor unilaterally raised and approved the sum of One Hundred and One million naira (N101,000,000), for the visit of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to the state, without following normal processes of disbursing funds.
He had also said that memos for the amount were raised on a single day, 11 th April, 2007, and payment vouchers approved at the government house rather than the ministry of finance .
Besides, Nev also disclosed how over Two hundred Million Naira (N200, 000, 000) was withdrawn by some officials of both the Taraba state government house, specifically, the cashier, Joel Andrew and the then Taraba State liaison officer, in Abuja for the governor's private use.
When the matter resumed today for the cross examination of the prosecution witness 4, Mr Nev by the defence counsel, O. Makanjoula, he insisted that the former governor directed him to raise the N101 million which he did and broght to him cash on April 11 th 2007, a day before the visit of former President Obasanjo.
The defense Counsel also tried establishing the number of offices that PW4 will have to pass through before getting to the governor's office and the likely number of people he must see before getting, the witness told the court that he didn't need any clearance to see the Governor being the Permanent Secretary Administration in the govt house, and that through the various offices leading to the Governor's Office, only the last which is the 4 th has a constant presence of the Governor's Orderly.
Justice Banjoko has however adjourned the matter to Tuesday 28 th September 2010 for further cross examination.