Alleged N5.7bn fraud: EFCC calls witness against Father, Son in Lagos

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, presented the first prosecution witness, PW1, Chibueze Chukwuma, a staff of Access Bank Plc, in the trial of Emmanuel Jayeoba and his son, Adewale Jayeoba, before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

Trial judge in the matter is Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke.

Jayeoba, his son, alongside their firm, Wales Kingdom Capital Limited, are standing trial on an amended 14-count charge of alleged N5.7billion money laundering fraud.

They were initially arraigned on August 2, 2022, before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, but were later on October 12, 2022, re-arraigned on the amended charges before Justice Aneke.

They pleaded “not guilty” to the charges when they were read to them.

At the resumed sitting on Monday, Chukwuma, who was led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, C. Okezie, told the court that he was the team lead of the regulatory enquiries department, and ensured that the bank responded to enquiries from law enforcement agencies and other regulators.

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He further narrated the role played in the course of the investigation of the alleged fraud, including the correspondences between the EFCC and the bank.

“In February 2021, the bank received a letter from the EFCC requesting for account opening documents and statement of account of Wales Kingdom Capital and Daniel Adewale, and we responded to the request by sending the requested documents for the period required by the EFCC, and attached the Certificate of Identification,” he said.

Thereafter, the prosecution sought to tender in evidence the said correspondence.

There was no objection raised by the defence counsel, Olaniyi George.

The said documents were thus admitted by Justice Aneke as exhibits against them.

The case has been adjourned till October 23, 2024, for continuation of trial.

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