Court Adjourns Okupe’s Trial To Thursday After Extensive Debate About NTA Programme
The continued trial of Doyin Okupe, a former presidential spokesperson, on the Federal Excessive Court in Abuja has been adjourned until Thursday.
In his proof on the courtroom, Musa Maiyaki, the previous Director-Common of the Nigerian Tv Authority (NTA), stated he authorised the programme ‘INSIGHT’ to be aired professional bono on NTA as a Company Social Duty (CSR) affir.
Nevertheless, Maiyaki admitted on additional cross-examination that Okupe funded funds for personnel, useful resource individuals and manufacturing fees for the programme, sustaining that it was solely the airtime that was not paid for by the workplace of the particular assistant to the President on public affairs.
He additionally denied knowledging funds proposals and different letters written by Sola Atere, on behalf of the NTA, to Dr. Okupe.
It is a full contradiction of Atere’s proof that he wrote the letter containing the funds proposal and he signed it.
Tolu Babaleye, counsel to the second defendant, put it throughout to Maiyaki that whereas he, Maiyaki, accepted the memo for the programme to be aired free, his workers, together with Sola Atere, Iorhen Kwange, the producer of the programme, and Mrs Onobu Ikwubiela, a advertising officer within the DG’s workplace went behind him to gather cash from Okupe for sundry bills for the programme.
Counsel to Okupe, Akin Akingbade, from JK Gadzama chambers additionally knowledgeable Maiyaki that Mrs Onobu was in reality a director of Ikonac Nigeria Ltd., the corporate whose account was submitted by the producer to the workplace of the Senior Particular Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, and to which a part of the primary quarterly funds of three,030,000 was paid into.
This reality had beforehand been confirmed by the assertion of account of messrs Worth Belief Funding LTD, which confirmed that Ikonac Nigeria LTD was credited with the identical quantity on 17/10/2013.
Maiyaki responded that he was fairly stunned to study all these.
On additional cross-examination by the counsel to the third defendant, Ezenwa Ibegbunam, Maiyaki admitted that the memo approving the professional bono standing for the programme was not communicated to Okupe or his workplace by his subordinates, as no document for this exists.
The case was adjoured until Thursday 18 April, 2019.
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