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NAMA Fraud: Witness Narrates How N855m Was Lodged In Defendant’s Account

Xavier Ndanyongmong

A witness in the ongoing trial of Abdulsalam Ibrahim, Executive Director, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Tuesday, told a Federal High Court in Lagos how the sixth defendant, Bola Akinribido, and the second defendant, Segun Agbolade, connived and diverted the sum of N855millio property of NAMA.

At the last adjourned date, the witness, Babatunde Adelekan, had disclosed that between August 2013 and September 2015 there was an inflow of N837,221,137 from the account of NAMA to the account of Delosa Limited, a company owned by the seventh accused person, Abiodun Sesebor.

He also disclosed that some amounts were also wired to the accounts of the second, third, eighth defendants and the relatives of the sixth defendant.

Beneficiaries of the alleged disbursements were listed as Randville Investment Limited, Multeng Travels and Tours Limited, Bamilade Sesebor, Osagie Sesebor and Osaretun Sesebor.

At the resumed hearing however, Adelekan told the court how a N855,000,000.95 ended in the account of the third defendant Agbolade, through the account of Akinribido, the sixth defendant.

According to the witness testimony, and from an account statement of Akinribido, whenever he received money from NAMA, same amount was transferred into the bank account of Agbolade who is a General Manager at the agency. Akinribido works in the ICT department of the agency.

The alleged fraud was perpetrated between January 2013 and February 2016.

Agbolade and Akinribido are standing trial alongside ten others including Ibrahim, for allegedly defrauding Nigerian Airspace Management Agency of N6,922,676,815.

The had entered a ‘not guilty’ plea to the charges allegations against them.

One of the charge read “that you, Ibrahim Abdulsalam, Nnamdi Udoh (Still At Large) Adegorite Olumuyiwa, Agbolade Segun, Clara Aliche, Joy Ayodele Adegorite, Sesebor Abiodun,  Randville Invesment Limited And Multeng Travels and Tours Limited, Bola Akinribido, Delosa Limited, Airsea Delivery Limited and Sea Schedule System Limited on or about the 19th day of August, 2013 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud conspired amongst yourselves to induce the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to deliver the sum of N2,847,523,975.00 to Delosa Limited, Air Sea Delivery Limited and Sea Schedules Systems Limited under the pretense that the said sum represented the cost of clearing consignments belonging to the said Agency and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3)of the same Act.”

The case was adjourned to September 21 and 22, 2016 for continuation of trial.

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