This Day (Lagos)

27 November 2012

Nigeria: Fuel Subsidy Scam - EFCC Re-Arraigns Ahmadu Ali's Son, Others

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Fuel Subsidy

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Monday re-arraigned Mamman Nasir Ali, the son of the former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ahmadu Ali and three others before an Ikeja High Court over an alleged N4.4 billion fuel subsidy fraud.

The defendants were re-arraigned before Jusice Adeniyi Onigbanjo on a 13-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretence, forgery and the use of false documents.

One of the defendants, Abdulazeez Afis is said to still be at large. Others arraigned alongside Ali were Christian Taylor, Oluwaseun Ogunbambo and Nasaman Oil Services.

EFCC had initially arraigned Ali alongside Christian Taylor and Nasaman Oil Services on July 26 for an alleged N2.2 billion fuel subsidy fraud before amending the charge which led to their re-arraignment yesterday.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges as Justice Onigbanjo ordered that Ali and Taylor should continue to enjoy the N20 million bail earlier granted them by the court on July 26 when they were first arraigned.

The judge also fixed November 28 for ruling on the bail application filed by Ogunbambo's counsel, Mr. Adebayo Adenipekun (SAN).

In the amended charge of 13 counts, the anti-graft agency alleged that the defendants were involved in subsidy fraud amounting to about N4.4 billion.

According to EFCC, the defendants had conspired to obtain the money from the Federal Government for the purported importation of 30.5million litres of Premium Motor Spirits (PMS).

The EFCC said their alleged offences contravened Sections 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act of 2006.

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