Alleged $6.2m Fraud: Former SGF Mustapha Appears In Court

On Tuesday, Boss Mustapha appeared at the FCT High Court, Abuja for the ongoing trial of former CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele.

Emefiele is standing trial before Justice Muazu on 20-count amended charges bordering on corrupt advantages, conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, forgery and obtaining by false pretences to the tune of $6,230,000.

He was accused of impersonating the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to illegally obtain a sum of $6.2m.

Appearing as Prosecution Witness 2, Mustapha testified on his involvement in the $6.2 million alleged fraud case against Emefiele.

Boss Mustapha said he knew nothing about the transaction up till the time he left office, adding that having served for five years and 7 months, the document didn’t emanate from the office of the President.

On Monday, a First Prosecution Witness (PW1), Onyeka Ogbu narrated how the ex-CBN governor approved the payment of $6,230,000 in cash for international election observers in the last 2023 general election.

Ogbu, the Deputy Director of Branch Operations at the apex bank, reviewed and approved the $6.2 million payment request for disbursement.

In court on Tuesday, the former SGF just walked into the courtroom at the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja.

The former SGF stated that all the time he served in government, he never heard of the term “Special Appropriation Provision.”

The two terms known to him are “appropriation” and “Supplementary.”

Mustapha also said in all the correspondences he ever received from former President Muhammadu Buhari, he never concluded with “Please accept with my highest regard.,” saying the signature was a failed attempt at reproducing Buhari’s signature.

According to Mustapha, the Nigerian Government has no business with the payment of Foreign Election observers.

To him, the Federal Executive Council decisions are not transmitted by letters.

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