Compliance Officers of Zenith Bank Plc and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc on Wednesday confirmed the transfers of a cumulative sum of N30m between the accounts of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Joe Agi, and Mrs. Olabowale, a wife of a serving judge of a Federal High Court, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, in March 2015.

The Zenith Bank employee, Mr. Ajuwon, also confirmed the transfer of N8m from Agi’s law firm, Joe Agi & Associates, to Coscharis Motors Limited, for the purchase of a BMW 320i car, which the prosecution had alleged was meant for the Justice Ademola as gratification.

During the proceedings that lasted about eight hours on Wednesday, Ajuwon testified as the eighth prosecution witness in the ongoing joint trial of Justice Ademola, Olabowale, before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama.

Teslim’s counterpart with the Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Suky Ambrose, testified before the court as the ninth prosecution witness.

The Federal Government is prosecuting the trio of Justice Ademola, his wife and Agi on 16 counts bordering mainly on receiving and giving of gratifications.

Among the 16 counts preferred against the defendants, it was alleged that on January 5, 2015, in his capacity as a public servant, Justice Ademola “corruptly received from Joe Odey Agi a BMW Saloon 320i valued at N8,500,000 through your son, Ademide Ademola, as gratification in the exercise of your official functions as the judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria”.

The prosecution also alleged in about five other counts, that Justice Ademola and his wife, received gratification of N30m in three instalments of N10m each from Joe Agi and Associates between March 11 and March 26, 2015.

Led in evidence by the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Segun Jegede, Ajuwon tendered the statements of account and other documents relating to the account being operated by Joe Agi & Associates with Zenith Bank Plc.

In the same manner, Ambrose also tendered similar bank documents relating to an account being operated by Olabowale with GTB.

The documents were admitted as exhibits by the trial judge, Justice Jude Okeke.

Fielding questions from the prosecuting counsel, Ajuwon who gave his answers from the Zenith Bank account of Joe Agi & Associates, said on January 5, 2015, there was transfer of N8m to Coscharis Motors Limited.

SOURCE

punchng.com

1st February, 2017

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