CBN officers demanded $600k bribe to course of cost of executed contract, says witness at Emefiele’s trial

CBN officers demanded $600k bribe to course of cost of executed contract, says witness at Emefiele’s trial

Victor Onyejiuwa, managing director of The Supply Computer systems Restricted, on Thursday testified on the Lagos excessive courtroom within the case in opposition to Godwin Emefiele, former governor of the Central Financial institution of Nigeria (CBN), for abuse of workplace.

Emefiele and Henry Omoile, his co-defendant, stand trial on a 26-count cost and have entered a plea of not responsible.

The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) offered Onyejiuwa because the fourth witness. He said that from 2014 to 2019, his firm supplied expertise help to the CBN and obtained no less than 5 contracts.

In 2017, the CBN granted his firm a contract for enterprise storage and servers. Put up-execution, John Ikechukwu Ayoh, a former CBN director, knowledgeable Onyejiuwa that administration required a portion of the contract’s funds, threatening non-approval of cost in any other case.

“After the contract had been executed, I used to be accosted by Mr John, saying the administration was requesting one thing from the transaction.

“He mentioned there was stress on him. I advised him that our cost was being delayed. He advised me that if I don’t accede to his request, my cost is not going to be permitted,” he advised the courtroom.

Onyejiuwa conceded to Ayoh’s calls for after discussions, organising $400,000 and $200,000 to make sure the contract’s cost, which adopted inside weeks.

“After a number of backwards and forwards for him to see causes with me on why I wanted to receives a commission and my obligations with my companions, I succumbed to his stress.

“I used to be in a position to organise the sum of $400k and $200k to facilitate cost of the contract funds. Inside two or three weeks after, cost was made. That’s what occurred,” he mentioned.

Upon questioning by the EFCC, Onyejiuwa disclosed contract quantities together with a $1.2 billion contract when the change fee was N360/$, and others valued at $2.1 million, N340,000, and N17 million.

Following Onyejiuwa’s testimony, Emefiele’s counsel, Olalekan Ojo, requested an adjournment for cross-examination on the subsequent listening to. Justice Rahman Oshodi adjourned the case for Might 17.

Beforehand, on April 29, Ayoh testified, stating his tenure on the CBN and his oblique reporting to Emefiele. He admitted to gathering cash from contractors on Emefiele’s directions and delivering it to Emefiele’s assistant, John Adetona.

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