Home EFCC REPORT Alleged NBC N2.9bn Fraud: Witness Counters Defendant’s Claim in Trial-within-trial

Alleged NBC N2.9bn Fraud: Witness Counters Defendant’s Claim in Trial-within-trial

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Prosecution witness, Jackson Joseph Edet, in the ongoing trial of former director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, Emeka Mba and four others before Justice Mojisola Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, debunked the claim of the second defendant Patrick Areh that he made his statement to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC under duress, stating that the second defendant, made his statements to the Commission voluntarily and willingly.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is prosecuting Mba alongside Patrick Areh, Basil Udotai, Babatunji Amure and a company, Technology Advisors, for alleged diversion of NBC funds to the tune of N2.9billion, being funds meant for the purchase of set-up boxes for digital switch-over from analogue.

Edet, a member of a six-man special team, constituted by the EFCC, to investigate the alleged fraud, stated this in a trial-within-trial, that was necessitated by Areh’s about-turn on his statement to the EFCC.

Edet recalled that Areh on his own volition, informed the EFCC of his intention to volunteer statements to the Commission on the alleged fraud, following which the head of the special team, constituted by the EFCC and the12th prosecution witness (PW12), Abubakar Madaki, ensured that Areh made his statement in the presence of a lawyer or any other person he trusted and that following this position, Areh made his statement in the presence of one George Obi, a legal practitioner with the National Broadcasting Commission.

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