The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has described the claims by eight ex-bankers that its investigators pressurized them to pay a bribe of N96 million for their release on bail as untrue.
NAIJASET recalls that eight ex-bankers who are standing trial for allegedly defrauding the financial institution of Nigeria within the mutilated currency scam had on Thursday, claimed that EFCC investigators demanded N96 million for his or her release on bail.
The defendants had in separate affidavits deposited at the Federal supreme court, Ibadan, Oyo State, alleged that the operative of EFCC, Mr. Hammadama Bello, asked them to boost N96 million to line them free.
Bello, has, however, denied the allegation.
Bello, while reacting, added that he wasn’t in the position to influence the discharge of the defendants.
In a sworn counter-affidavit deposed at Federal supreme court, Ibadan on December 7, Bello described the claims by the previous bankers as a fabrication.
He insisted that he didn’t at any time request for the sum of N500, 000 from the defendants.
In a statement obtained by NAIJASET on Thursday, Bello said “I didn’t at any time request for the sum of N500, 000 or the other sum from either Ayodele Festus Adeyemi or any of his colleagues.
“I didn’t at any time demand for N12 million or the other sum from the defendants or the other person.
“I didn’t ask any lawyer to gather any money from any of the defendants and that I challenge Mr. Festus Adeyemi to call the said Senior Advocate of Nigeria.”
“I wasn’t one among the leaders of our team constituted to research the case and that I couldn’t have promised Mr. Festus Adeyemi or the other person who he wouldn’t be prosecuted.”