The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday rejected an e-payment document tendered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the ongoing trial of Col. Nicholas Ashinze, an aide to former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd).
Justice Gabriel Kolawole held that the e-payment schedule of N3.12 billion issued from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and N2.5 billion from Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) did not meet the provision of the Evidence Act.
Ashinze is standing trial on 13-count charge of money laundering alongside an Austrian, Wolfgang Reinl; Edidiong Idiong and Sagir Mohammed.
The others defendants are – Geonel Integrated Services Limited, Unity Continental Nigeria Limited, Helpline Organisation, Vibrant Resources Limited and Sologic Integrated Service Limited.
At the resumed trial, the prosecution witness, Hassan Seidu, an EFCC investigator, told the court that during their investigation, the Commission requested for e-payment schedule evidence from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
He said the request was to know how the payment of N3.12 billion on April 11, 2014 and N2.5 billion on February 16, 2015 respectively were transferred to two accounts.
He added that CBN sent the certified true copy of the e-payment slip used for effecting the transfer to Geonel Integrated services Limited and Unity Continental Nigeria Limited.