A Police officer , Mr . Victor Ehiabhi , on Tuesday, narrated to a Federal High Court in Abuja , how he received a cash sum of N 26 m from the Office of the National Security Adviser on behalf of a former Minister of Aviation , Chief Femi Fani- Kayode .
Ehiabhi , an Intelligence Operative with the Force Intelligence Bureau , said he was then serving as the ex -minister’ s security aide .
The police officer , who was testifying as the first prosecution witness in Fani- Kayode ’ s ongoing trial, said he was deployed from the bureau’s Very Important Persons Protection Unit, to serve as the defendant ’s security aide .
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had , on November 11 , 2016, arraigned Fani- Kayode on five counts including alleged diversion of N 26 m , which he allegedly received from the then NSA, Sambo Dasuki , to pay for an unspecified contract .
The EFCC accused the ex- minister of receiving the N 26 m from the Office of the NSA while he was the Director of Media and Publicity for the Goodluck Jonathan Presidential Campaign Organisation .
The EFCC also accused the former minister of transacting with the said N 26 m without going through financial institution as required under the Money Laundering Act .
Led by the prosecuting counsel , Mr . Johnson Ojogbane , Ehiabhi said on Tuesday that he received the money from NSA office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja , in company with domestic staff of Fani – Kayode , while the ex- minister was out of town .
He said the cash was loaded in a small bag .
The witness said,
“ On November 21 , 2014, on that fateful day , my principal traveled out of town and he detailed me to be within town .
“The gardener and other domestic staff were also around within the premises. The house is at Aso Drive Abuja.
“One of the gardeners called Francis called me on phone and told me that the defendant had called him on phone that I should accompany him (Francis ) and another domestic staff, Esther, to the National Security Adviser’ s office at the Villa .
“And not too long after , the defendant himself called me and told me the same thing.
“The driver named Keneth was directed to drive us to the venue .
“We moved to the venue at Suleiman Barawo Street in the Villa .
“While at the venue, the driver, Kenneth, and the gardener, Francis , were asked to stay in the compound while I and Esther walked into the building.
“We identified ourselves as personnel of the defendant .
“The staff in the office asked who was Victor . I answered I was the one .
“They asked me to tender my identity card and I did.
“The man in the office brought out a paper and asked me to endorse it on behalf of the defendant .
“The sum of the N 26 m was written on the document for the defendant .
“I initially decided not to endorse the document on behalf of the defendant .
“But the man in the office insisted that since I was the policeman I should be the one to endorse the document, so I signed it.
“The man in the office brought out the sum of N 26 m in N 1 , 000 denomination , and put it in one ‘Ghana- Must – Go ’ bag . He gave it to us , Esther and I, for the defendant .