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N1.2 Billion Procurement Fraud: How Emefiele ‘illegally’ awarded 45 Contracts [DETAILS]

The Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele has been accused of awarding 45 contracts worth N1.2 billion without due process....ALSO PROCEED READING THE ARTICLE FROM THE SOURCE

POLITICS NIGERIA has gathered that a third Prosecution Witness, PW3, in Emefiele’s ongoing trial, Oluwole Owoeye, on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, told a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, presided over by Justice Hamza Muazu that all the forty-five (45) contracts awarded by Emefiele did not go through the Contract’s Tender Committee of the bank.

Owoeye, Head of the Secretariat of the Major Contract Tender Committee, MCTC, disclosed to the court that any contract in excess of N10million must go through MCTC, however, the award of the contracts, though within the threshold of the contract that ought to have gone through MCTC, did not go through the Committee.

The witness also explained that, when contractors submit their bids, it is the responsibility of the Committee to vet the companies by ensuring that the particulars of directors are disclosed to the bank, so as to prevent the award of contracts to companies in which any staff of the CBN is a director.

All these requirements that MCTC would have ensured that they are met, were circumvented as the contracts did not go through the Committee.

Court admits Oweoye’s Submission

The EFCC arraigned Emefiele on Friday, November 17, 2023 on six count charges bordering on procurement fraud. At Tuesday’s proceedings, prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN, called three witnesses, including Owoeye.

The other two witnesses are Samsideen Romanus, an official of the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, and Remigious Ugwu, a compliance officer with a commercial bank. Both witnesses gave their testimonies before the court. The court admitted Owoeye’s disclosures as exhibits F1 to F45.

Justice Muazu thereafter adjourned proceedings in the matter to January 18 & 19, 2024...CONTINUE.FULL.READING>>>

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