How I changed dollars to naira for Jauro, witness tells court

Haruna Baba Jauro

Haruna Baba Jauro

A prosecution witness for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ishaku Barnabas yesterday told a Federal High Court, Lagos how he changed United States dollars into Naira through a bureau de change operator on behalf of the former acting director general of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro.

The witness, who said he is a principal administrative officer at NIMASA testified while giving evidence in the trial of Jauro and two others before Justice Mojisola Olateregu-Ishola.

The other two accused are Dr. Dauda Bistrus Bawa and a firm, Thlumbau Enterprises Limited. Apart from being a principal administrative officer, the witness said he was the personal assistant to Jauro, when he (Jauro) was the executive director of finance and administration of the agency.

The defendants are pressed with a 19-count charge by the EFCC bordering on stealing and conversion of the agency’s funds to the tune of N169million.

Being led in evidence by Rotimi Oyedepo, the witness said, “My boss called me and asked me the rate of US dollars at that point in time. I called a bureau de change man by name, Suleiman Bukar and he told me the rate. I went to my boss and informed him the rate then, which I cannot remember now. He gave me an account, which I took to the bureau de change man to transfer the equivalent of the dollars into his account.

“After the transfer, the bureau de change man came with a teller to NIMASA office to collect the dollars. He gave me the teller and I gave it to my boss and he transferred the equivalent to the bureau de change man.”

Under cross-examination by Mr. Olalekan Ojo, counsel to the defendants, the witness said with the 1st accused position as Executive Director, Administration and Finance of NIMASA, he falls into the category of management staff of NIMASA to whom passage allowances were paid on yearly basis and in dollars.

According to him, Jauro worked for four years and received passage allowance for the four years. “He was also entitled to, and was paid estacode in dollars before he travels. He travelled almost every month. To the best of my knowledge, NIMASA management never accused or queried the 1st accused for diverting funds of the agency,” he stated. Further trial has been adjourned to June 30th.

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  • Dele I

    The Presidency should quickly disband NIMASA! It is a lineage of crooks and predators. Empirically, affluenza afflicted government officials plunder the national wealth and use the loots to purchase billions of US$s. Their criminal acts put huge pressure on the value of Naira. The unrepentant ranting for the devaluation of the Naira is aimed a boosting round tripping of FOREX sourced illegally from the CBN (our foreign reserve) and purchased with heists of government funds. This phenomenal practice clearly sabotages our nation’s economy. The EFCC is doing a fantastic anti-money laundering job and only God will support and commend their diligence.There too many Ananias and Sapphira in the land. We need Jesus to weep for Nigeria and then resurrect our country.

    • Lemmuel Odjay

      During Episode I of the “Great NPN Party Heist”, the tactics the party founders and their contractors adopted in aid of their looting spree was to label hundreds of daily incoming containers as “MACHINERIES (Harvesters)” or “Construction Equipment” etc. after foreign exchange had been obtained and transferred into personal accounts abroad for those items. But in actual fact, what was loaded into those containers that arrived Nigeria were sand and sawdust !!!

      In Episode II The Return of the Boys in New NPN, aka PDP”, the tactics had changed. They dollarized everything in sight and proceeded to rape Nigerians through the CBN as to actualize their personal dream. On each of those occasions, they had succeeded in dragging Nigeria into an economic recession. Notice that they are fighting back with their stolen money, just as they did after their NPN government was kicked out of power…