Subsidy Scam: Justice Minister orders withdrawal of charges against suspects Reviewed by Momizat on . The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday withdrew criminal charges filed before a Lagos High Court, sitting in Igbosere, Lagos Island again The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday withdrew criminal charges filed before a Lagos High Court, sitting in Igbosere, Lagos Island again Rating:
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Subsidy Scam: Justice Minister orders withdrawal of charges against suspects

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday withdrew criminal charges filed before a Lagos High Court, sitting in Igbosere, Lagos Island against some oil subsidy suspects and their Chief Executive Officers.

Consequently, the trial judge, Justice Samuel Candide-Johnson struck out the suit instituted against Durosola Omogbenigun, Peter Mba, Integrated Resources Limited and Pinnacle Oil and Gas Ltd.

At the resumed hearing of the suit, EFCC’s counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo in an application dated July 26 brought pursuant to Section 73 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Law, 2007 sought leave of the court to withdraw the charges.

Mr Oyedepo told the court that he had instructions from the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to withdraw the charge against the defendants.

In a 10-pragraph affidavit attached to the application, deposed to by one Usani Francis, a prosecuting counsel with the EFCC, the anti-graft agency stated that the charges preferred against the defendants were misconstrued by the prosecution and were inadvertently filed against the defendants.

“That a review of the prosecution’s case and the evidence available to the prosecution clearly show that the defendants did not commit the offences for which they are charged’’, he swore.

The anti-graft body further added that withdrawing the charge against the defendants would meet the interest of justice in the case.

Misters Omogbenigun, Mba, Integrated Resources Limited and Pinnacle Oil and Gas Ltd were earlier charged with offences bothering on conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretence, forgery and use of false documents.

They were alleged to have forged bills of lading and other documents, with which they perpetrated the fraud.

Specifically, Integrated Resources Limited and Mr Omogbenigun were said to have obtained the sum of N823, 304,765.84 (eight hundred and twenty three million, three hundred and four thousand, seven hundred and sixty five naira, eighty four kobo) from the Federal Government on November 15, 2011, “by false pretence and with the intent to defraud.”

The defendants allegedly claimed it was subsidy money payable to Integrated Resources Limited under the Petrol Support Fund. The sum was said to be payments for Federal Government’s request for 9,190,815 Litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

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  • ekusondebango

    So what was all the noise about oil subsidy thieves and all what not? As usual this is going to turn out to be much ado about nothing.For well over a month now we have been treated to all manner of allegations and intrigue about subsidy thieves only to see some of the cases withdrawn and soon to be dismissed. The take home lesson here is “steal it while you can.If you don’t, somebody will and you will have yourself to blame later.It does not cost anything to steal public funds”.

    • heranni78

      I agree wt u what all d noise for

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SUVNRNGVL3CPF7TSVP37OEW2KA Oghene

    With all the months of boasting with detailed investigation that will leave no room for the defense to defeat you in court, you still did not know that you were taking these guys to court unjustly? Nigeria! another Aoondoaka on the throne with GEJ watching and balancing accounts the OBJ way. This is so damn sad!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7RVFCEFAZME25IFINSJGNKNZIY Adeleke

    Nigeria is such a gigantic cow whose meat cease to finish, otherwise, we would have been so bankrupt that the likes of Somalia will be better off. I’ll appeal to Nigerians to be vigilant, the future of this country is greatly ruined.

    • AIRNEXTO

      The oil will soon run out, what next?

  • http://twitter.com/fortgidi okafor chidiebere

    why waste resources trying to show the world how incompetent our Judicial System is, why not let the Judge view evidence being presented to him and administer justice, why should the AGF interfere with the course of Justice abi the Judge no fit understand evidence wey dey in front of am????
    Nigeria should stop this investigations cos it shows how stupid we are if at the end nothing happens to the culprits???

  • KEZIE_ESQ

    @okafor…it is called nolle prosequi a principle recognised by d constitution that grants the AGF power to withdraw any criminal charge against an accussed person at any stage before Judgement. In this case what d AGF has done is to spite Nigerians , a flagrant abuse of power in total disregard of our collective yearning for Justice. We very slow making progress but VERY fast making progress backwards.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGK6DYCVFNH3PAV4CUXU3R357I sola

    Nigeria needs a healthy Ya’radua to make rule of law real rule of law and not rule as I like: after all, when I steal the masses’ money their ” dogs ” which is the juditiary cannot bite as I’ll use the stolen money to break the teeths.And that is what we are witnessing. You will soon see who is donating for mission 2015!

  • AIRNEXTO

    The crude oil will not last forever! If we do not make meaningful development and growth our major concentration now instead of this wanton looting of the peoples’ wealth, disintegration, chaos, anarchy, etc will be minute words to describe what N-I-G-E-R-I-A will pass through.
    I am not a prophet of doom, but we need to stop running very fast in the wrong direction.

    Why the smoke screen of a probe committee? Why the charade? Why do our leaders take pleasure in pressuring Nigerians?

    What Assad is doing with his guns is what our leaders are doing with their pen!

    ‘All fingers are equal but some are more equal than others’ and then the looting continues.

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