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Subsidy: Witness says marketer obtained N963.7m fraudulently

Fuel dispencer23 October 2013, Lagos – An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC’s witness, Mr. Ihechukwu Ireogbu, yesterday, alleged that an oil marketer, Rowaye Jubril, forged some documents which he used to collect N963.7 million subsidy payment from the Federal Government.

Ireogbu, who is the Managing Director of MGI Inspection Ltd, made this allegation while he was giving witness before Justice Lateefa Okunnu at the resumed trial of Jubril before of an Ikeja High Court.

Jubril was arraigned alongside his company, Brila Energy Ltd., by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Ireogbu, who was being cross-examined by the counsel of the defendant, Mr. Raphael Oluyede, admitted that his firm had a prior business relationship with the defendant.

He insisted that the company did not participate in the inspection of the 13,500 metric tonnes of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, purportedly imported by Jubril.

The witness also said that the claim by the defendant that the company inspected the product between January 26 and 27, 2011, at off-shore Cotonou in Benin Republic, was false.

Ireogbu said he instructed one Felix Iweka, a staff of Port Cargo Services, which is a subsidiary of the company, to go to Cotonou to carry out the inspection.

According to him, Iweka later confirmed that he did not inspect ship-to-ship transfer of the products between the mother vessel, MT Overseas Lima and the daughter vessel, MT Delphina.

The matter was adjourned to January 21, 2014.

… Marketer, loses bid to quash N4.4bn subsidy fraud charge
Meantime, an Ikeja High Court, yesterday, struck out the application of an oil marketer, Oluwaseun Ogunbambo, seeking to quash the fuel subsidy fraud charge preferred against him and three others.

Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo dismissed the application for what he called lack of diligent prosecution.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had arraigned Ogunbambo over alleged N4.4 billion fuel subsidy scam.

Also charged with him are Mamman Ali, son of Dr. Ahmadu Ali, a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; Christian Taylor, and their firm — Nassaman Oil Services.

Ogunbambo and his lawyer were absent in court at the resumed hearing of the case, yesterday.

But other defendants and their lawyer, Mr. Toyin Pinheiro (SAN), were present in court.

Following the development, the judge struck out the application dated June 21 for lack of diligent prosecution.

He adjourned the case to Oct. 23.
– Vanguard

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