A prosecution witness called by the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr
Michael Wetkas, has told a Federal High Court
sitting in Abuja, how the immediate past
Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido,
authorised payments for contracts not executed.
Wetkas, Wednesday, told the court that Lamido
authorised that sums be paid into the bank
account of Dantata and Sawoe Construction
Company for contracts that never existed.
The EFCC is prosecuting Lamido and his two
sons, Aminu and Mustspha, on a 27 count
charge bordering on money laundering.
Wetkas, a detective with the EFCC, told the court
presided over by Justice Adeniyi Ademola that
investigations into the alleged fraud were carried
out from 2007 to 2015.
While being led in evidence by the prosecution
counsel, Mr Chile Okoroma, Wetkas stated that
his investigating team visited Dantata and
Sawoe Construction Company to investigate the
purported contracts, adding that a manager of
the company, Mr Sylvester Agoha, who had
earlier agreed to have supervised the execution
of the contracts, later denied knowledge of them.
Wetkas said Agoha informed the investigation
team that contract papers were only presented
to him to sign.
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According to the EFCC witness, Lamido and his
sons’ companies — Speeds International Limited,
Bamaina Holding Company and Gada Company
— allegedly supplied bitumen, iron rods and
diesel to the Dantata Yard in Kano, adding that a
member of the investigating team, Mr Kabiru
Mohammed, travelled to the Kano office of the
company to verify the alleged supplies of
bitumen, Iron rods and diesel.
He also confirmed that his teammate was
informed by the officer responsible for receiving
such items in Kano that he had neither heard of
such companies nor received supplies from
them. This, he said made the investigation team
conclude that such contracts never existed and
such items were never delivered.
“However, there were payments made by the
Jigawa State Government into the Access Bank
Plc account of Dantata and Sawoe Construction
company between 2008 and 2009 for the said
contract,” he said.
According to Wetkas, a forensic report from the
team’s investigation showed that transactions
for the contracts were fraudulently entered into
the company’s records for 2014 and 2015
instead of 2010 and 2013 when the contracts
were allegedly executed.
The trial judge, Justice Ademola adjourned
proceedings in the matter to Thursday for
continuation of the witness’s testimony.