Pension Scam: I Made $544,000 Selling Pure Water — Defendant

By Clement A. Oloyede The fourth defendant in the ongoing N24 billion police pension scam trial, Veronica Onyegbula, told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that she made $544,000 from sales of pure water, an FCT High Court heard. An operative of the EFCC, Rukayya Ibrahim revealed this yesterday while giving evidence in the trial within trial requested by counsel to Onyegbula, Barrister Ernest Ikeji. The trial within trial was requested to prove to the court that Onyegbula made some of her statements in 2012 to the EFCC under duress. Onyegbula was arraigned alongside Esai Dangabar; Ahmed Inuwa Wada; Atiku Abubakar Kigo; Sani Habila Zira; Uzoma Attang and Christian Madubuike on criminal charges bordering on conspiracy and criminal breach of trust for their complicity in the scam at the police pension office. Led in evidence by prosecution counsel, Barrister Leke Atolagbe, Ibrahim told the court that all the statements made by Onyegbula were voluntarily made under a cordial interactive session. The trial within trial was adjourned by Justice Husseini Baba-Yusuf to continue today at the instance of the prosecution counsel.

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