The Federal government has tendered as exhibit before the federal high Court Abuja the sum of 1.3 million dollars recovered from the Abuja mansion of retired Air Commodore Umar Mohammed.
The huge foreign currency was tendered by the government on Thursday at the resumed trial and was admitted as exhibit after it was counted in the open courtroom with the aid of electronic counting machine.
The exhibit was tendered during the continuation of trial of Commodore Mohammed for alleged fraud and money laundering charges brought against him by government.
The prosecution counsel Mr Labaran Magaji who tendered the cash as exhibit along with various other currencies, explained that they were recovered from the defendant’s possession.
However, the defence counsel Dr Hassan Liman SAN, thereafter cross examined the prosecution witness Mr Stephen Olatubosun through whom the exhibit was tendered.
The senior lawyer thereafter nformed the court of his client’s intention to file a no case submission on the ground that prima facie case has not been established against him.
Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo after listened to parties in the matter ordered the Chief Registrar of the federal high court to deposit the foreign currency with the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN, pending conclusion of the trial.
The matter was subsequently adjourned to May 27, for adoption of final addresses, by the parties in the no case submission motion.
The retired Air Chief is facing three counts charge of alleged money laundering, illegal possession of firearms and classified documents without authority.
He was accused of receiving 1.3 million dollars cash from one Worldwide Consortium PTY Ltd in 2016, through his company Easyjet Airlines n violation of the Money Laundering Act 2011.