A witness with the Economic and Finan-cial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ruqayya Ibrahim, yesterday gave a vivid account of how former Minister of State for Fi-nance, Bashir Yuguda, authorised the payment of N300 million into the bank account of ex-National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Haliru Bello and his son, Abba.
The Ex-PDP Chairman and his son, Abba, are being tried before a Federal High Court in Abuja for allegedly collecting the sum of N600 million from the embattled former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
Ibrahim, who was led in evidence by the Prosecution Counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), said on March 4, 2015 that there was a letter written by the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), authoris-ing the transfer of N30 billion to the ac-count of the Office of the NSA with the CBN.
She revealed that the payment was made from the statutory stabilisation and re-sidual account and added that Bam Pro-ject and Property Ltd, the company owned by Haliru and his son, was paid N300 million for payment of safe house.
“From the statement of ONSA account, N30 billion was paid on March 11, 2015 by the AGF to the ONSA and on March 17, N300 million was paid out of the N30 billion to ONSA account.
“When we requested for the details of transaction, it was revealed that Bam Project and Property Ltd received N300 million from ONSA. The analysis of Bam Project’s Sterling Bank account revealed that the account received a total of N300 million in two tranches of 150 million each on February 27, 2015.
“We interviewed the owner of the com-pany and account and he said all the de-posits mentioned earlier into Jappama-ado was made on the instructions of former Finance Minister (state), Bashir Yuguda