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Ex-Oyo State Governor, Rashidi Ladoja, and Former Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Waheed Akanbi, Money Laundry Saga: Ladoja's Daughter Bimpe Ladoja Receives £600,000 Cash in London - Witness

Mr. Waheed Atanda, a prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of the former Oyo State Governor, Alhaji Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja, and his former Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Waheed Akanbi, on Thursday, told a Federal High Court, Lagos, that he personally gave the sum of £600,000 British Pound Sterling in Britain, to one Bimpe Ladoja, daughter of the former governor.

Atanda stated this during his continue cross-examination by the lawyer to the former Commissioner of Finance, Mr. Olumide Fusika.

Atanda who is the second witness to testified in the trial of Alhaji Ladoja and his former Commissioner, said he boundle counted the money which was between 30 to 35 bundles before handling it to Ladoja's daughter.

Upon further questioning on the details of the money he received from the a stock broking Firm, named McLace Security Limited, the witness told the court that though he cannot remember the actual date but it was between April or May, 2007, and that his evidence was that toward the expenses of Ladoja's impeachment.

He also told the court that when it became obvious that the former governor did not want paying him the money he spent to safe him from being Impeached, he put up a publication in Tribune of June 4, 2008, to demand for his N185 million, which he had asked the former governor repeatedly.

He however stated that the money was paid to him by McLace Security Limited and fountain Security, that called him for the collection of the money, but said the two firms did not say they were being sent by Ladoja or his former Commissioner.

The court however returned a document which the defence intend to tender on the ground that the process of tendering the said documents does not conform with the Evidence Act. The court therefore urged the defence to follow get the document certified according to Evidence Act, and retender it at the next adjourned date.

Consequently, Justice Idris adjourned till July 4, 2017, for continuation of trial. 

Ladoja alongside his Commissioner for Finance, Akanbi, are being arraigned before Justice Mohammed Idris court on eight counts of money laundering, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The duo were accused of conspiring among themselves to siphon N4.7 billion from the coffers of the state and launder same.

In one of the counts of the charge, the EFCC accused them of converting a sum of N1, 932, 940, 032. 48 billion, belonging to Oyo State to their personal own, using a new generation bank account and Heritage Apartments Limited.

The EFCC also claimed that  both Ladoja and his former Commissioner for Finance retained the money sometime in 2007, despite their knowledge that it was proceeds of a criminal conduct.

Also, EFCC alledged that Ladoja removed £600,000 from the state coffers in 2007 and sent same to her daughter, Bimpe, who was at the time in London.

He was also accused of converting a sum of N42m belonging to the state to his own and subsequently used it to purchase an armoured Land Cruiser Jeep. And a sum of N728, 600, 000 and another N77, 850, 000, at separate times in 2007 to his own.

The EFCC also claimed that Ladoja transferred the N77, 850,000 to one Bistrum Investments, which he nominated to help him purchase a property named Quarter 361, Ibadan, Oyo State.

The EFCC said the offences committed by Ladoja and Akanbi are contrary to sections 17(a) and18 (1) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004, and punishable under sections 14(1), 16(a) (b) and 18(2) of the same Act.

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