The NigerianGovernment, on Thursday at the Federal High Court in Abuja, tendered a cash sum of 1.3 million dollars recovered from the Abuja mansion of retired Air Commodore Umar Mohammed.
The money, which was tendered by the government, was admitted as an exhibit after it was counted in the open courtroom with the aid of an electronic counting machine.
The exhibit was tendered during the continuation of the trial of Commodore Mohammed for alleged fraud and money laundering charges brought against him by the government.
The prosecution counsel at the resumed trial, Mr Labaran Magaji tendered the cash as an exhibit along with various other currencies, with an explanation that they were recovered from the defendant’s possession.
However, the defence counsel Dr Hassan Liman SAN cross-examined the prosecution witness Mr Stephen Olatubosun through whom the exhibit was tendered.
The senior lawyer informed the court of his client’s intention to file a no-case submission on the grounds that a prima facie case has not been established against him.
Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo after listening to parties in the matter ordered the Chief Registrar of the federal high court to deposit the foreign currency at the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN, pending the conclusion of the trial.
The matter was subsequently adjourned to May 27, for the adoption of final addresses, by the parties in the no-case submission motion.
The retired Air Chief is facing a three counts charge of alleged money laundering, illegal possession of firearms and classified documents without authority.
He was accused of receiving 1.3 million dollars cash from one Worldwide Consortium PTY Ltd in 2016 through his company Easyjet Airlines in violation of the Money Laundering Act 2011.