By: Valentine Adese,
From the records of the Federal High Court (FHC) sitting in Jos Division, the Money Laundering case against Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, Hon. Raymond Dabo and one other, brought before the Court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), would be coming up for hearing tomorrow, the 13th of February, before Hon. Justice Musa H. Kurya.You would recall that the Court had granted bail to the accused persons on personal recognition, when they were arraigned before the Court last month. A decision, the EFFC Lawyer never objected to.
However, the mention of the alleged Laundered amount seems to be tearing members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chapter in Plateau state apart, as most of the members were just hearing of such huge sum allegedly received by some members for purpose(s) that they are waiting to hear during the trial.
To some who have refused to be mentioned in the party, they expressed their surprise and frustration when that said, “it was strange that money came in when they were looking for money for campaign during that period. And, as we speak to you, we have not been briefed on how this money came if it were true and we are yet to be told of their usage or how and when it was applied.
“N450million is not small money you know! If that money was in the office at that time and known to members, we are of the firm belief that late Sen. GNS Pwajok, would not have look for money from other source(s) to finance his campaign.
“One of the worries of that campaign period was lack of fund, as nobody was willing to assist Late GNS hence, to many of us, we will just keep following the trial until somebody is willing to inform us who executed that wickedness on late GNS and former President Jonathan.
You would recall that the EFFC in its charge sheet had accused Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe and others of collecting N450million through Fidelity Bank, aallegedly sent by a former Nigerian Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Alison Madueke. They are also accused of withdrawing the said amount same day, as against the law, knowing that such amount was not allowed to be withdrawn by an individual.
You would recall also that, a group under the aegis of Concerned Patriots in Plateau state had commended the EFCC for arraigning the former Minister for Water Resource, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, for alleged Money Laundering.
The group in a statement made available to REALITY, dated 1/02/18, and signed by its Chairman, Hon. Dan Bulus, had also called on the EFCC to have their touch light on Plateau state in order to question more people, who have played several role(s) in squandering or misappropriating the funds of the state in the past, especially, within the immediate past administration.
Hearing on the matter had been fixed by the Court for 13th and 14th February, 2018.