A former Head of Treasury at the Diamond Bank Plc., Lagos, Olaitan Fajuyitan, on Monday, May 27, 2019, told the Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja, presided over by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, how his team internally processed the sum of N1.2bn (One Billion, Two Hundred Million Naira), acting on the transfer instruction given to them by Abiodun Agbele, who is a signatory to the Sylver McNamara Limited’s account. Agbele is an aide of the former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose.
Recall that Agbele is standing trial before Justice Dimgba, on alleged money laundering preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to the tune of N1.2bn (One Billion, Two Hundred Million Naira). The money is allegedly from the office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), under Sambo Dasuki.
At the last hearing on the March 29, 2019, while being led in evidence by Prosecution counsel, Wahab Shittu, the witness, PW4, told the court that he received an instruction to process “a high valued transaction”, which could only be made at the Head Office of the bank through the department he was heading.
However, at the resumed hearing today, Shittu prayed the court to admit in exhibit, a certified true copy of Payment Instruction, dated June 16, 2014 and the evidence was thereafter admitted as Exhibit AA13, which was the written instruction, stating that the first defendant, Abiodun Agbele, sent to the bank on behalf of his company, Sylver McNamara Limited.
The witness, under cross-examination by the counsel to the 3rd Defendant, Olalekan Ojo, SAN, told the court that he never met Agbele during and after the processing of the transfer. .
When asked if he was aware whether the bank complied fully with the instructions that the first Defendant gave in the letter earlier admitted in Exhibit AA13, he declined to the question.