The trial in the case of FGN v Paul Usoro continued today at the Federal High Court ,Lagos.
The cross examination of the PW1 continued by the counsel to the defendant ,Offiong Offiong SAN .
The PW1 a staff of Zenith bank today admitted that she lied when she said that Paul Usoro paid in money into his account from the account of Akwa Ibom State Government.
She recanted some of the statements she made previously in her evidence in chief . According to her ,she heard the Governor of Akwa Ibom State discussing payment to Paul Usoro and Co and immediately got the phone number of Paul Usoro to ask him to open an account with Zenith Bank. She had previously said that the account was opened on the instruction of Paul Usoro but she told the court today that she actually opened the account before Paul Usoro gave her instruction to open the account.
The witness in answering the questions of the Learned Silk Offiong Offiong, admitted that she was the one who actually paid in three hundred Million into the account of Paul Usoro and co using the name Paul Usoro and Co contradicting her earlier testimony that the funds were paid by Paul Usoro from an account “under” Akwa Ibom State Government.
In answering questions as to how the money was paid,she said she paid in N300m cash out of the N700m withdrawn from an account “under ” Akwa Ibom State Government contradicting her earlier testimony that as at the time the account was opened there was no cash to fund the account which was also in contradiction of another testimony made in the proceedings that the funds were brought in by bullion Van.
Another Information in the proceedings has suggested that the whole N700m in the said account under the Akwa Ibom State Government was even withdrawn before the account of Paul Usoro and co was opened.
Before she was discharged,she also said that the money paid to Paul Usoro was legal payments advanced in satisfaction of briefs delivered by the defendant but pointed out she did not know the exact brief the money was meant for.
The witness was discharged and EFCC began the examination of PW2 which will continue tomorrow