Pastor Nsikakabasi Akpan-Jacobs confessed voluntarily to defrauding Mrs. Titi Atiku, wife of former Vice President Abubakar Atiku, of N918m. A retired detective with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Dickson Graymond, has told a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja.
This was disclosed by the EFCC witness in his evidence before Justice Atinuke Oluwatoyin Ipaye yesterday during a trial-within-trial investigating the voluntariness of Akpan-Jacob’s alleged confessional statement to the anti-graft agency.
Mr. Babatunde Sonoiki, said the witness told the court that there were other things the defendant confided in him that he refused to pen down when led-in-evidence by counsel to the EFCC. He said: “All what he told me was not forced. I did not even force him to write all what he confided in me in his confessional statement. All his said was voluntary.”
When intensely questioned by the defense counsel, Mr. Amos Ibe, the witness denied illegally detaining the pastor in EFCC’s custody for three weeks and disallowing him access to legal representation.
It would be with called that the EFCC instituted a suit against Akpan-Jacobs; Abdulmalik Ibrahim, a lawyer; and Dana Motors Ltd in a 14-count charge.
Their offences was wrapped around conspiracy, stealing and fraudulent conversion of property worth N918m belonging to THA Shipping Maritime Services Ltd.
The judge adjourned continuation of the trial-within-trial till October 25, 2017.