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Absence of accused stalls trial of oil marketers

12 November 2013, 15:28

Ikeja - The absence of an accused, Emmanuel Morah, on Tuesday stalled the trial of three oil marketers charged with alleged N789.6 million fuel subsidy fraud.

Morah, who was charged alongside Adamu Maula and George Ogbonna, is standing trial before Justice Lateefat Okunnu at the Ikeja High Court.

They are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside their firms - Downstream Energy Sources Ltd. and Rocky Energy Ltd.

The EFCC alleged that the marketers did not import the 10 862 metric tonnes of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) for which they received subsidy payment from the Federal Government.

Morah's counsel, Eubena Ahmedu, in an application dated October 25 informed the court that his client was involved in an accident and had travelled abroad for surgery.

Ahmedu also tendered a medical report and photographs of Morah at a hospital in the United States of America, where he was recuperating.

He said Morah would not return to Nigeria until the end of November and, therefore, asked the court to vacate the dates earlier fixed for the case.

The EFCC counsel, Tayo Olukotun, did not opposed the application.

Okunnu, granted Ahmedu's application and adjourned the matter to February 14, 2014 for continuation of trial.

-    NAN

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