Tuesday, 5 July 2016
Find Out Why Only Col. Dasuki can explain why Jonathan's Cousin got a $40 million pipeline security contract
The principal witness in the ongoing trial of Barrister Azibaola Robert, cousin to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Ibrahim Mahe, has told a Federal High Court that only the detained former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki can explain why Oneplus Holdings Limited got a $40 million pipeline security contract.
Mahe, who recently retired as permanent secretary, special services operations in the NSA’s office told the court that he paid Oneplus $40 million out of the $600 million special security fund sourced from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Under cross-examination by counsel to Roberts, Chris Uche, Mahe, who admitted serving only 11 months in the NSA’s office, also admitted that some other firms got security contracts in excess of $40 million approved for Oneplus.
The retired permanent secretary, however, failed to tell the court presided by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba the names of the companies that benefited from the remaining $560 million of the special security fund.
The retired permanent secretary said that he paid Oneplus based on the conviction that the firm’s security contract met due process requirements, having been endorsed by nine top officials of the NSA’s office.
Trial judge, Justice Dimgba has adjourned the case till October 6, 7 and 19 for continuation of trial.