Two witnesses in the trial of Stephen Oronsaye, former Head of Service of the Federation have alleged that a brother of Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team(PRTT), opened three accounts where ”unspecified amounts” were lodged in Fidelity Bank Plc.
NAN reports that Oronsaye is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for offences bordering on stealing and obtaining money by false pretence.He is alleged to have been complicit in several contract awards during his tenure as HoS, and is being charged along with Osarenkhoe Afe on an amended 49-count charge.
Testifying while being led in evidence by EFCC counsels, led by Oluwaleke Atolagbe before Justice Inyang Ekwo, of the Federal High Court, the witnesses, both staff members of Fidelity, alleged that Khalid Biu, opened three private accounts using different names.
Mr Danjuma Zubairu, a senior manager with the bank, said Biu opened three private accounts with the names: Cluster Logistics, Abdullahi Faizal, and Nafisatu Aliyu for Maina in 2011.Zubairu alleged that aside from the three, Maina also operated two other accounts with names: Kongolo and Drew Investment.
The accounts, he said, were the ones the EFCC investigated.
”My Lord, before leaving the bank in 2013, Biu was the one who managed the three accounts, namely Cluster Logistics, Abdullahi Faizal, and Nafisatu Aliyu.”Biu was also in charge of giving approval for all withdrawals.
“I met Maina one time he came to the bank to access his safe deposit box.
“The first box was size 489 before he requested for a bigger size and was later upgraded to size 604.” he said.At this point, Atolagbe. tendered Fidelity bank’s statement of accounts in respect to these accounts in court which was admitted into evidence as Pw7(a).