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How the defendants spent N2.2 billion on prayers to fight Boko Haram, alleges EFCC investigating officer

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An EFCC investigating officer, Mr. Adariko Michael, on Tuesday he alleged that 2.2 billion naira was spent on prayers in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia to win the war against insurgency in the country.

Michael testified as the first prosecution witness (PW1) in the trial of retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Advisor (ONSA) to President Goodluck Jonathan in the alleged $ 2 billion arms trade fraud .

Other Dasuki defendants are a former CEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Aminu Baba-kusa, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited.

The EFCC charged them with 32 counts bordering on misappropriation, criminal breach of trust, dishonest release and receipt of various sums of money before Judge Husseini Baba-Yusuf.

Led in evidence by EFCC attorney Rotimi Jacobs SAN, Micheal said that N750million was allegedly transferred from ONSA’s special account to Reliance Referral Hospital Limited’s account with First Bank.

He added that N650million was also transferred to Acacia Holding Limited’s account with EcoBank, while other N600million and N200million were transferred to the company’s account with UBA.

“Between September 27, 2013 and April 16, 2015, N50 million were credited to the Reliance Referral Hospital account.

“From the responses of the banks involved, as an investigating officer, we discovered that money was transferred to various individuals and companies.

“When we reviewed the account statement, we asked the second defendant (Aminu Babakusa) the reason for this.

“He informed us that the money was used to hire clergymen to pray for the nation in regards to the Boko Haram crisis.

“When we asked him to provide the names, contacts and phone numbers of the clergy he hired to pray for the nation, he mentioned only two,” he said.

After hearing the testimony,

Judge Baba-Yusuf adjourned the matter until November 11 for the continuation of the hearing.

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