N3bn Fraud: Court Remands Jonathan’s godson In Prison
Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has remanded a godson to former President Goodluck Jonathan in prison for his alleged role in a N3bn scam.
The accused, George Turnah, is also a former Special Adviser to Dan Abia, erstwhile Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Turnah was first arrested in March when EFCC allegedly traced about N2b to his bank accounts.
He was on Tuesday arraigned alongside 7 companies on 12 counts bordering on obtaining money by false pretences, money laundering and abuse of office to the tune of N3,094,268,235.69.
The seven companies arraigned with Turnah are:
El Godmas Global Services Limited; Turnoil and Gas Nigeria Limited; Kolo Creek Petroleum Development Limited; Celtic Pride Consult and Events; Yenagoa Mall, Adaka Boro Marine Services Limited and Sugarland Intergrated farms Nigeria Limited.
“That you, George Turnah Alabh, El-Godmas Global Services Ltd., Celtic Pride Consult and Events, Geohan Telecommunications Nigeria Ltd. did conspire among yourselves to comit felony to wit: money laundering, contrary to section 18(a) of the money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act.
Justice Ibrahim Watilat dismissed an oral bail application made by Turnah and ordered that he be remanded in prison custody.
At the resumed hearing of the case on Wednesday, defence counsel, Prof. Amuda Kanika (SAN), made an oral application for bail for Turnah.
Kanika said bail could be argued orally, adding “Turnah holds a privileged title of Member of the Order of Niger and would not jump bail.”
Justice Watilat refused to oblige the defence counsel’s prayers and directed him to formally apply for bail for his client. He also ordered Turnah to be remanded in prison.
Justice Watilat adjourned the matter till May 30, 2017 for hearing of bail application.
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