April 24, 2024

N150m bribery allegation: Transferred fund part payment of debt owed Summit Oil, lawyer tells court

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By Evelyn Usman

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has admitted three documents in the bribery allegations against Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Support Midstream Company Limited, Mr. Akintoye Akindele.

One of them showed that the N150 million allegedly transferred to the Investigating Police Officer, IPO, Ibrahim Sini, by Akintoye Akindele, was part payment for debt he owed Summit Oil International Ltd and not meant to bribe the officer as alleged.

Trial judge, Justice Modupe Osho-Adebiyi, admitted the petition, which include a petition to the Inspector General of Police by Summit Oil International Limited, original statement of Akindele to the Police and a motion filed before a Nasarawa State High Court.

The three documents admitted and marked as exhibits A2, A3 and A4 were received at the resumption of cross examination of the first prosecution witness (PW1), Mr. Ibrahim Sini.

Recall that the judge had on February 28, adjourned for the continuation of cross examination of the witness by the defendant’s lawyer, Mrs Funmi Quadri, SAN.

At the resumed hearing, the senior lawyer confronted the witness with the petition showing that the alleged indebtedness of her client was $5.6 million while N73 million was reimbursement expenses.

She claimed that while in custody, Sini and his team had several meetings with the defendant and that on one occasion, the defendant was asked how he intends to liquidate his debt to Summit Oil.