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I took $70 million to an Abuja based banker on the orders of Mrs Allison Madueke – ex NNPC boss

There is a new revelation of how The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, former Group General Manager who was responsible for Crude Oil Marketing, confessed during a hearing at the Federal High Court in Lagos, of how he took 12 bags with padlock in which $70 million dollars was loaded and taken to a banker based in Abuja on the orders of the former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Allison Madueke.

Presiding over the case is Justice Muslim Hassan.

The former NNPC boss, who is a witness for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the ongoing trial of a former Executive Director, an old generation bank, Dauda Lawal, also mentioned that he took the money to a Abuja banker, whose name is Charles, in front of Duke Supermarket in Abuja.

Mr Lawal is currently facing trial for money laundery.

The former bank boss was said to have taken $25 million out of $153 million, which the former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs Allison Madueke had used to bribe and influence the 2015 general election.

The former NNPC GM, while serving as a witness by the EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, explained that he personally gave the money which was loaded in locked bags to the so called Abuja banker, whose name is.Charles, in front of Dume Supermarket, in Abuja.

He gave this disclosure to the court, he said before the general elections in 2015, the former Minister of Petroleum gave him the phone number of Mr. Charles, whom he claimed to have never met, with clear directives that he should carry 12 padlocked bags to Mr. Charles.

He further stated that he was not told what was the contents inside the bags. He said he then called Mr. Charles, who also confirmed that he has been briefed about their meeting, and the money bags was given to Mr. Charles.

He said the EFCC summoned him for him to be interrogated on the issue and he said he gave a written statement as regards the issue. He said Mr. Charles also revealed to the EFCC that he got 12 padlocked bags and the bags where up the sum of $70 million.

Also he said he was quizzed by the prosecutor to explain the kind of relationship he as well as others had with the former Minister of Petroleum, and the EFCC witness said they were given a command and obey relationship and they were made to swear an oath of office to obey authority and directives.

During the cross examination by the defence counsel, the witness denied that he had never come in contact with Mr. Lawal before.

After the hearing, the court adjourned the case till on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of July for the continuation of the trial.

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