The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has applied to reduce the number of witnesses in the matter involving Ngozi Olejeme.
Olejeme is the former Chairman of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF.
She is facing a N3 billion naira money laundering criminal charges brought against her by the federal government.
When the matter resumed in court on Monday at the Federal Capital Territory High court in Abuja, Counsel to the EFCC, Steve Odiase, told the court about the commission’s decision to scale down 78 witnesses scheduled to give evidence against Olejeme.
Odiase informed the court that the anti-graft agency had reviewed the case against Olejeme, and only vital and critical witnesses would be needed to testify against the accused person.
EFCC also called its first witness, Salihu Sadiq, for the commencement of the trial.
Justice Maryam Aliyu, at the end of Monday’s proceeding, fixed November 29 for the continuation of the defendant’s trial.
Olejeme, who was an aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, was arraigned before the court on October 21 on a nine-count charge. She was accused of abusing her office and receiving bribes awarding contracts without due process, among others.
Shortly after the arraignment, Justice Aliyu adopted the conditions attached to the administrative bail earlier granted Olejeme by the prosecuting agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in 2017 to admit her to bail.
She was alleged to have received the sum of N22,200,000.00 from a contractor with NSITF into her account. She also received the sum of $48,485,127.00, which was dollars equivalent to some funds received; from contractors as “kickback.”