Tobi Soniyi

 


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will today arraign another set of suspects for allegedly defrauding the Federal Government of the sum of N1 billion under the fuel subsidy arrangement.

Ibrahim Lamorde, EFCC Chairman

According to charge CR/9/2012 obtained at the Abuja High Court, Alhaji Saminu Rabiu, Jubril Rowaye, Alminnur Resources Limited and Brila Energy Limited were said to have conspired to obtain N1 billion from the Federal Government under false pretence that the said sum represented subsidy payment accruing to Alminnur Resources Ltd for the purported importation of 10,000MT of Premiun Motor Spirit.

The charge was filed at the Abuja High Court on  September 26, 2012.
The suspects were said to have purchased the fuel from Napa Petroleum Trade Inc and imported into Nigeria through Mother Vessel, MT Kriti Akti even though they knew the representation was false.
They were said to have committed an offence contrary to section 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2008 and punishable under section 1(3) of the Act cited above.

Already, the  prosecutor, Sylvanus Tahir, a Chief Legal Officer, with the EFCC who filed the charge, has lined up 14 witnesses to give evidence against the suspects.

The witnesses include staff of Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency, Department of Petroleum Resources, Lyolds List Intelligence, Fatgbems Ltd and Debt Management Office among others.
Other charges against the suspects include forgery and using  forged document as original.

They were alleged to have forged the following documents with the purpose of obtaining money by false pretence: Bill of Lading, Certificate of Quantity Transfer, Certificate of Origin, Certificate of Quantity Transfer and Certificate of Quality.

Count 4 of the 17 counts charge reads: “That you Alhaji Saminu Rabiu, Jubril Rowaye, Alminnur Resources Ltd and Brila Energy Ltd on or about 14th June, 2011 in Abuja with intent to defraud did fraudulently make a forged document captioned: “Bill of Lading” dated 14th June, 2011 containing Form M No: CB06920090010249MF0481139 and LC.: IBF0747/09904 purportedly in respect of importation of PMS on board the Mother Vessel, MT Kriti Akti with the intention of causing it to be believed as genuine and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 364 of the Penal Code Cap. 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja) 1990.”

They are also charged with forging a Certificate of Quantity Transfer dated August 26, 2011 purporting it to have been issued by MGI Inspections Ltd as proof of the transfer of 5246.102 Metric Ton (Vac) of PMT from the 1st Daughter Vessel, MT Althea to the Vessel, MT Brila Keji (2nd Daughter Vessel) with the intention of causing it to be believed as genuine and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 364 of the Penal Code Cap. 532 Laws of the Federation under section 364 of the Penal code Cap.532 Laws of the Federation (Abuja) 1990.

 

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