By: Valentine Adese (JP),
At the reopening of the trial of the former Plateau State governor, Sen. Jonah David Jang and another, at the Plateau State High Court today, the witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Dr. O. Mudashiru has told the court that, he has never had any interaction or meetings with the Defendants.
The witness said he cannot actually recall or remember their faces during cross-examination.
Earlier, during Examination in Chief by Chief Rotimi Jacob (SAN), the witness, Dr. Mudashiru, told the court that, he was a former Banker and had worked with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for close to 30 years. He disclosed that before his retirement, he rose to the rank of a Director in the Department of Development Finance, where he had been an Acting Director in charge of Administration.
He said he served at the CBN between 1989 to 2020 and that he was retired in January, 2020.
Still under Examination in Chief, Dr. Mudashiru, through whom 20 documents were tendered as exhibits before the court, disclosed that his department was responsible for Policy Formulation and Implementation at the CBN.
Some documents tendered through the EFCC’s Prosecution Witness 1 (PW1), Dr. Mudashiru, was the letter written by Sen. Jang indicating interest in the N2billion CBN Loan for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), the Letter written by the Special Purpose Vehicle Head (PLASMEDA), the letter written by the CBN to Governor Simon Bako Lalong’s administration in relation to the loan, which contains the CBN’s threat to cancel the Loan, owing to observed breaches, the resolution of the Plateau State House of Assembly, supporting the interest of Sen. Jang then as governor, to collect the N2 billion Loan for Plateau State, the Irrevocable Standing Payment Order (ISPO) from the State Government, among others.
Dr. Mudashiru told the court that, the CBN paid the sum into the account submitted by Sen. Jang because, he had put them under pressure during several meetings and that the CBN has not revoked the loan because of the meetings they held with the incumbent administration led by Governor Simon Bako Lalong. Rather, he disclosed that, the payment has been rescheduled.
However, under cross-examination by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), leading E. G. Pwajok (SAN) Counsels to the 1st Defendant, Sen. Jang and Chief Sunny Odey, Counsel for the 2nd Defendant, leading other Lawyers, the EFCC witness, Dr. O. Mudashiru, denied ever having any interaction, transaction or meetings with the Defendants.
According to him, he cannot even remember their faces, “As he has never had any meeting with any governor from Plateau State”.
Dr. Mudashiru, told the court that he is not aware that the Ministry of Finance is current deducting the N2billion Loan at source.
The witness firmly confirmed that, he never led the CBN Committee that came to visit and investigate how the loaned sum was been used in Plateau State and that he was not also part of the team.
According to him, “all he was telling the court were from the report of the Committee”.
He told the court that, from all the documents he has tendered, the name of Sen. Jang was never mentioned as a beneficiary, but the Plateau State Government.
The matter is adjourned to tomorrow, 5th November, 2020, for further hearing.
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