Oil Subsidy scam: 13 oil marketers arraigned in Lagos

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By Abdulwahab Abdulah, Onozure Dania & Michael Oladepo

Fresh arraignments by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission involving 13 oil subsidy fraud suspects came before two different state High Court judges yesterday.

Before justice Habeeb Abiru, two companies; Anosyke Group of Companies Ltd, Dell Energy Ltd and their Directors, Ifeanyi Anosike, Emeka Chukwu and Ngozi Ekeoma were arraigned on a five-count charge of obtaining the sum of over N1.4 billion from the federal government through the Petroleum Support Fund, PSF.

Another set of defendants, Adamu Aliyu Maula, George Ogbonna and Emmanuel Morani including their companies; Downstream Energy sources Ltd, Rocky Energy ltd, were also docked before the court.

They were accused of obtaining the sum of N789,600 fraudulently from the federal government.

Also before another judge, Justice Lateefa Okunnu  were other oil marketers arraigned by the anti- graft commission for allegedly stealing of NI,265,204,348.20 by false pretense from federal government purported to be subsidy payment.

The defendant are A.S.B investment Company Ltd, Aro Samuel Bamidele and Abiodun Kayode Bankole. They were slammed with eighteen count charge and pleaded not guilty.

In the cases before Justice Abiru, the defendants were charged with an offence of conspiracy to forge bill of lading and other import/ shipping documents to perpetrate Fraud.

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