Dauda Lawal and Mohammed Adoke (SAN)facing trial by EFCC for money laundering, among witnesses to testify against suspended EFCC boss, Magu

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A former Executive Director of First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Dauda Lawal and a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN) who are currently facing corruption charges at different Courts by the EFCC are among those invited by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, as witnesses to testify against Magu in the ongoing investigation of his activities as the EFCC boss

Lawal is currently standing trial before a Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly receiving $25m out of the $153m loot traced to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The EFCC had frozen Lawal’s accounts and applied for the permanent forfeiture of his funds, which the ex-banker challenged.

In a counter-affidavit he deposed to which formed the basis for his invitation by the panel, Lawal said the EFCC detained him for 11 days in 2016 and promised to release him only on the condition that he return some funds.

On how he received the $25m, Lawal said he received a call from a friend, Stanley Lawson, in March 2015 to help collect the money, which he subsequently paid into an account provided to him.

Mohammed Adoke (SAN), is also currently standing trial on money laundering-related charges involving about N400m.

The case marked FHC/ABJ/CR/39/2017, is before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Adoke was accused of among others receiving the dollar equivalent of N300m from Abubakar, paying the dollar equivalent of N367,318,800 to one Usman Mohammed Bello, and allegedly using the sum of N300m, which was alleged to be part of the proceeds of unlawful activities all in violation of various provisions of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011.

He was also accused of making “structured cash payments in 22 tranches” amounting to N80m, another of such structured payments in 13 tranches summing up to N50m into his Unity Bank account.

EFCC alleged that the funds were not only part of the proceeds of unlawful acts but they also exceeded “thresholds outside a financial institution” and that the payments were done with the intention of concealing the origins of the funds contrary to section 15(2(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011 and punishable under section 15(3) of the same law

According to Saharareporters, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malam has promised to drop the charges against the duo if they appear and testify against Magu. .

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