EFCC arraigns man over Sao-Tome refinery job scam

EFCC-ChairmanOscarline Onwuemenyi,

02 July 2013, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned one Mr. Agada Ayibakuro and Global Oil and Gas Limited before Justice S.A Aliyu of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt on a 19-count criminal charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence.

When the charge was read to the accused he pleaded not guilty.

The accused and others at large sometime in 2010 allegedly fleeced some jobless Nigerians of N2, 387,000.00(Two Million Three Hundred and Eighty Seven Thousand Naira) under the pretext of helping them secure employment at a refinery project in Sao Tome and Principe.

According to court documents obtained by our correspondent, one of the counts read: “That you Agada Ayibakuro  Ayisco, Global and Gas Limited and others now at large between December 2007 and October 2010 at Port Harcourt within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit: obtain money by false pretence using Petroben Oil and Gas (W.A) Limited and Ayisco Global Oil Limited and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 8[a] of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under section 1[3] of the same Act.

Justice Aliyu however granted the accused bail in the sum of N1million and a surety in like sum. The surety, who must not be less that a grade level 15 officer in the River State civil service, will also present an affidavit of means.

The case was adjourned to November 11, 2013 for trial.

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