A Forensic Document Examiner seconded to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Bamaiyi Haruna, on Thursday, said the analysis conducted on the documents used to release $6.2m from the Central Bank of Nigeria in February 2023 showed it was forged.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had alleged that on February 8, 2023, Emefiele connived with one Odoh Ocheme, who is now on the run, to obtain $6.2m from the CBN, claiming that it was requested by the SGF “vide a letter dated 26th January 2023 with Ref No. SGF.43/L.01/.

The anti-graft agency also alleged that Emefiele, in January 2023, forged a document titled: “RE: PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE ON FOREIGN ELECTION OBSERVER MISSIONS,” dated 26 January 2023 with Ref No. SGF.43/L.01/201.

At the last adjourned date, a former Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, noted that the documents did not emanate from former President Mohammadu Buhari or his office.

Mustapha also told the court that the Federal Government had no business with foreign election observers.

Haruna, the sixth Prosecution Witness in the matter, stated that the real signatures of Buhari and the ex-SGF were analysed with the ones in the documents and were not the same.

He said, “The conclusion from the analysis revealed that the disputed documents showed evidence of forgery and copying art as the pen movement form and formation of the signatures and the skill of execution were found to be different from that of the specimen signatures A to A2 and B to B1.

“The form and formation of the signatures marked x and the specimen signature marked B to B1 were found to be different in respect of pen movement impulses, skill of execution, loop formation, and presence of tremors, there were individual characteristics.

“This is a confirmation that the author of the specimen signatures marked B to B1 does not rhyme with the signature of Buhari on the disputed document marked X.

“Also, the form and formation of the disputed signatures marked X1 and Specimen signature A2 were also found to be different concerning pen movement impulses.

“Initial and terminal strokes, loop formation, presence of tremors, and individual characteristics. This is also a confirmation that the author of the specimen signature marked A2 did not rhyme with the signature of Boss Mustapha on the disputed document marked X1.”

Counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo(SAN) applied to the court to tender the Forensic report dated January 25, 2024, and other documents attached as exhibits.

Emefiele’s lawyer, Mathew Burkaa, SAN, did not oppose.

Justice Hamza Muazu subsequently admitted as evident and Marked Exhibits FDE.

During cross-examination, Burkaa asked how the court determined whether two signatures were similar or dissimilar.

The witness urged the court to rely on the report.

When asked if Emefiele’s signature was analysed, he said no.

Also asked if EFCC operatives submitted the materials analysed, Haruna said, “Operatives of EFCC submitted the request to the department. ”

Burkaa asked if they were the ones who pointed out the disputed signatures, He said, “The submitting authority did”.

The matter was subsequently adjourned till March 11.


Emefiele: Forensic expert confirms Buhari, ex-SGF’s signatures forged in $6.2m withdrawal

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