Friday, January 28

How Ope Saraki procured 80 KVA generators against 100 KVA approved by govt – Witness

A prosecution witness of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Adedayo Muyideen Dunmoye, in the ongoing trial of Ope Saraki, a cousin to the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Monday, narrated how the defendant executed the contract awarded to McDrive Logistics and Institute Limited, by the previous Kwara state government.

He detailed how the defendant knowingly acquired indirect interest in the said contract.

The offence according to the anti-graft agency is contrary to Section 12 of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences, ICPC Act 2000.

Adebayo Dunmoye, led in evidence by Sesan Ola, Counsel to the EFCC, told the court presided by Justice Adenike Akinpelu, that his company, McDrive Logistics and Institute Limited, bided for and won the contract for the supply of 13 units of 100KVA power generators for General Specialist Hospitals in Kwara state.

He however, said contrary to the contract’s specifications, 13 units of 80KVA generators were supplied by another person/company other than his company, McDrive Logistics and Institute Limited.

Adedayo Muyideen Dunmoye, explained that McDrive Logistics, had no business dealings with Chemiroy Nigeria limited, adding that Ope Saraki, executed the contract without his knowledge.

“My company, McDrive Logistics and Institute Limited, bided for and won the contract. About N45m was paid into my company’s account in tranches.

“But the defendant (Ope Saraki) instructed me to bring the money that the project would be done in order of priority, which I did by issuing him cheques.

“I was actually called by one of the staff of the defendant to come to Ilorin, where I was shown the supplied generators.

“The defendant, informed me that the generators, were purchased with funds by another contractor, Chemiroy Nigeria limited.

“No representatives of McDrive Logistics, including myself was aware of the purchase of the generators up till that moment,” he recounted.

Under cross examination by Ope Saraki’s Counsel, the witness, denied knowledge of what transpired between the office of the defendant and the office of the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Millennium Development Goals, MDGs.

He declared that he was not happy that another person executed the contract awarded to his company, without his consent, expressing dismay over the defendant’s action.

DAILY POST recalls that the first prosecution witness, PW1, Clement Olagunju, who represented Jubail Bros Engineering Nigeria limited, had earlier confirmed to the court, that it was the defendant (Ope Saraki) in company of one Lukman Sani, that purchased the 13 KVA generators from their company.

The case has was adjourned till February 8,2022, for continuation of trial

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