Justice R.M. Aikawa of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Thursday admitted as evidence a document containing the list of alleged beneficiaries of the sum of $115, 010,000 tendered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, against Muhammed Dele Belgore, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, and Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman, a former Minister of National Planning, who are being prosecuted on a five-count charge of money laundering.
Belgore and Sulaiman had allegedly jointly received the sum of N450m on March 27, 2015 out of the $115,010,000 paid into Fidelity Bank Plc by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke.
At the last adjourned sitting on March 14, 2017, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, had sought to tender the list of the beneficiaries of the alleged $115,010,000, along with the attached Certificate of Identification issued, but Olatunji Ayanlaja, SAN, counsel to the second defendant, Sulaiman, objected to its admissibility.
Ayanlaja had argued that the document did not meet the provisions of the Section 84(2) of the Evidence Act, adding that “This document shows that it was printed from the mailbox of one
“But the Certificate of Identification was not made by the PW1; so, the PW1 cannot give evidence of the document being sought to be tendered.’’
However, Oyedepo told the court that there was a certificate from Fidelity Bank Plc bearing the authenticity of the document and that it was signed by one Bayo Ogunmolade, Chief Compliance Officer, Fidelity Bank Plc.