Emefiele Vs Uboh: ‘I’m Not A Banker, I’m An Engineer,’ CBN Dep Gov Exposes Self
A Prosecution Witness, Mr. Edward Lametek Adamu, who is also a Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria [CBN], on Monday, exposed himself to ridicule during cross-examination when he revealed that he is an engineer and could not defend his employment as a banker in the institution.
Mr. Adamu made blunder when he appeared on the dock as a prosecution witness in the case involving the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele and the chairman of George Uboh Whistleblowers Network [GUWN], Dr. George Uboh at Court 24 of the Federal Capital Territory High COurt sitting in Maitama, Abuja, before Justice Halilu Halilu.
Recall that Dr. Uboh was last year arrested by operatives of the Force CID in Abuja, was detained and later charged with defaming the character of Mr. Emefiele.
Trouble started when the Whistleblowers wrote CBN and alleged that $2.5 billion and N500 billion were stoeln from the coffers of the bank and demanded for explanations.
Under cross-examination, Adamu said that he is aware that Uboh wrote the apex bank and alleged theft of $2.5 billion and N500 billion respectively.
He told the court that Emefiele ordered that internal audit be carried out, after which he wrote the Inspector General of police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, asking him to investigate.
According to him, the Director of Corporate Department later drew his attention and he read a publication on Daily Post and SaharaReporters wherein it was published that the said funds were stolen.
He said that he was surprised with the publication and later held conversation with Emefiele and other colleagues over the matter.
While being cross-examined by the Prosecuting counsel, he asked to play a certain conversation via YouTube to which the defence counsel objected as it was not included in the evidence file.
When asked by the Prosecutor if it is possible to steal such amount from CBN, he said no as every transaction of value are documented.
He noted that before any movement of cash, there must be reviewers, processors, approvers, as well as external auditors and internal auditors.
He claimed that the report was damaging to several people, both local and international, including investors, the institution, the bank’s governor, and to himself.
“It’s about the nation’s economy,” he said.
He also claimed that at the conclusion of the investigation as request by Emefiele, a balance sheet was drawn and result submitted.
External auditors approved of the result, according to him, after which it was submitted to the National Assembly who also approved.
Then came the moment of cross-examination by the defendant’s counsel, Mr. Idimodu.
Mr. Idimodu asked him for the existence or the whereabouts of the report to which he answered in the negative.
He asked him whether he consulted the complainant before reaching conclusion, to which he also answered in the negative.
Idimodu then wondered how a petition will be treated without the involvement of at least the awareness of the petitioner.
Then he asked the witness if he can affirm that the report is true, to which he answered in the affirmative.
“Were you part of the committee that investigated the report,” Idimodu asked, to which he answered in the negative.
“How then can you affirmatively say that the report if true if you are not part of the committee?” Idimodu asked. Silence!
The defence counsel proceeds: “You said story was by Daily Post and SaharaReporters, what does that have to do with the defendant?” Again silence.
“Are you aware that Emefiele wrote the Inspector General of police claiming his phone was bugged by SaharaReporters and asked him to investigate?” “Yes,” he answered.
“Was the SaharaReporters story written by the defendant, Dr. George Uboh” He would not know.
Who wrote the documents “Arrest Emefiele over missing $2.5b”?” Can’t remember.
“Did police investigate or arrest the author?” “We wrote, no response,” he answered.
“Who published the controversial audio clips?” “SaharaReporters,” he said.
“What is the relationship between audio clips and the defendant?” Don’t know.
After that then came the most embarrassing episode of the cross-examination.
“What is your educational qualification?”
“I have a degree in Engineering which I obtained from Ahmad Bello University, Zaria.”
Do you have a banking degree?” Negative.
What then is the place of an engineer in a banking institution?” Court bursts into laughter.