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N4.46 Billion Subsidy Scam: Ali’s Trial Continues

Channels Television  
Updated February 13, 2013

The trial of Mamman Ali, son of the former Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), who is standing trial for allegedly fraudulently claiming subsidy fund continued on Wednesday at the Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja.

Mr Ali is standing trial alongside Christian Taylor, Seun Ogunbambo, and Nasaman Oil Services over a 13-count of fuel subsidy fraud amounting to about N4.46 billion.

At the resumed trial of the matter, the cross examination of Victor Chidok, the Head of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) continued from where it stopped last week.

The prosecution witness at the last sitting of the court on 6 February had explained the role of the agency in the importation of fuel into the country and the requirements of petroleum marketers.

In the cross examination which barely lasted 15 minutes, the witness admitted that he did not personally know or interact with some of the defendants but knew about the transactions leading to the charges against them when the EFCC wrote to demand documents from his office.

After the brief proceedings and the EFCC admitting that it had no other witness in court, presiding justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo adjourned till 21 February for continuation of trial.