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Alleged Money Laundering: Former Ikeja NBA Chairman, Adesina Ogunlana Never Consulted The EXCO On The Expenses Of The Association - EFCC


***As Commission Reveals Ogunlana Had No Authorisation To Withdraw Money From Association's Account

By Francis Iwuchukwu, Lagos 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday told a Special offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Nigeria, that the former Ikeja branch Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Adesina Ogunlana, withdrew lump sums of money from the association's account without any authorisation from the executive council.

The Commission equally revealed that Ogunlana ran the branch like a sole administrator without consulting the EXCO. 

The anti-graft agency made this known before the court, presided over by Justice Mojisola Dada, through a witness and former Vice Chairman of the branch, Mrs. Caroline.

It would be recalled that Ogunlana is standing trial on a 30 counts charge that had to do with money laundering and theft of over N20 million, slammed against him by the Commission.

Ogunlana is answering questions to the charge alongside Yinka Farounbi and Kappo Aderinola.

But they had pleaded not guilty to the 30 counts charge.

While being led in evidence in chief by  Samuel  Daji, counsel to EFCC, Caroline hinted Justice Dada that she was Vice Chairman of the NBA, Ikeja branch,  between 2016 and 2018 and that meeting of the Executive Council held on very rare occasions and that while she was VC, the EXCO of the branch neither authorised nor passed  any resolution to the effect that the second and third defendants should be signing cheques.

According to the witness, “From 2016 to 2018 when I served as VC, the exco meetings were held at very rare occasions.  

“The exco of the branch never authorised nor passed any resolution to the effect that the second and third defendants should be signing cheques. It was never discussed nor authorised.”

She equally insisted before Justice Dada that she became aware of development when she got to the office of the EFCC, and when she was shown the allegation and petition against the defendants.

Caroline maintained that Ogunlana never consulted the EXCO on the expenses of the association.  

“He was like a sole administrator”,she said. Justice Mojisola Dada has adjourned till tomorrow for continuation of cross examination. Read also the 30 count charge.

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