EFCC CHAIRMAN APPEARS IN COURT TO GIVE EVIDENCE IN 1.4BIL OIL SUBSIDY SCAM CASE

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja High Court as a prosecution witness in the N1.4 billion fraud trial involving an oil company, Nadabo Energy.

The EFCC Chairman, who was led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Saidu Ateh, gave detailed insight on email correspondences by the defendant.

In his evidence, Bawa told the Court presided over by before Justice C. A. Align, that contrary to their claims, investigation revealed the defendants took about six (6) million litres of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) from the mother vessel to their chartered vessel.

According to him, the email messages further confirmed that the same quantity was also discharged at Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Furthermore, the anti-graft Czar explained that; “In addition, the emails also informed us that one Mr Jide Akpan was the agent of the vessel.

“We invited the said Akpan and during the course of our interrogation with him, he confirmed that the first defendant through the second defendant deferred the vessel and paid for it.”

Before his appointment as the new chairman of the anti-graft agency, Bawa was the EFCC’s prosecution witness during the trial last year

The Commission is accusing Abubakar Ali Peters and his company, Nadabo Energy of allegedly using forged documents to obtain N1,464,961,978.24 from the Federal Government as oil subsidy.

This is against the backdrop of allegedly inflating to 14 million litres the quantity of PMS purportedly supplied.

The defendants had pleaded not guilty to the prosecution’s fraud charge, even as Bawa, in his testimony last year, had informed the court that investigations into the defendant’s dealings with Staco Insurance Company revealed that, “the Certificate of marine insurance used by the defendant for the transaction in question was forged.”

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