Wife of former Vice president Abubakar Atiku, Titi, yesterday told an Ikeja High Court that the pastor whom she has accused of defrauding her of N918 million was her “errand boy”.
Mrs. Atiku testified before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye in a suit instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Akpan-Jacobs, Abdulmalik Ibrahim and Dana Motors.
Recall that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had charged Akpan-Jacobs with a 14-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing and fraudulent conversion of property worth N918 million belonging to THA Shipping Maritime Services Ltd.
According to EFCC, the company was formed in 2000 with 49 per cent shares to Mrs. Abubakar, 25 per cent to Holmes and 25 per cent to Akpan-Jacobs.
Atiku was alleged to be the major shareholder with 49 per cent shares, while Holmes and Akpan-Jacobs each had 25 per cent shares.
“The N49 million was given to Akpan-Jacobs to purchase the land, but did not know who he bought the land from.
“He never contributed a dime, he was just like an errand boy.”
Responding to claims by Akpan-Jacobs counsel that THA Shipping Maritime Services Ltd was owned by the accused and that he only brought her on board to bring in big briefs and clients, Mrs Atiku said
“Is he the one who bought the land, built the building? He was merely supervising. My clout gave the company a lot of prestige, a lot of people wanted to do business with us and people brought a lot of containers to us,” she said
The presiding judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye, adjourned the case until July 6th for continuation of trial.