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FCT court resumes inquest into lengthy oil theft matter

08 July 2015, 08:47Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The long-running deadlock between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and two suspects as well as their company who allegedly defrauded the Federal Government of more than N1 billion is set to resume today at the Federal Capital Territory High Court.

Helen Aninye, Chizobam Ben-Okafor and their company, Pon-Specialized Services Limited, will appear before Justice Olasumbo Goodluck in Abuja.

The duo alongside their company were first arraigned in May 2013 on an 18-count charge of conspiracy to obtain money by false pretence to the tune of N1, 413 billion from the Federal Government of Nigeria under the Petroleum Support Fund for the importation of 15 000 metric tonnes of Premium Motor Spirit.

However, a string of applications by the defence had delayed the commencement of trial.

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When the case was called up yesterday, the defence counsel, Solomon Edeh, representing Tayo Oyetibo, pleaded with the court for an adjournment.

Counsel to EFCC, Sir Steve Odiase, prayed the court to commence the trial of the accused, adding that he was ready to present his witnesses.

Justice Goodluck expressed her displeasure over the needless delay in the commencement of trial and told the prosecution to ensure all his witnesses are present in court today.

The defence has led to the abortion of the trial numerous times before.

- CAJ News


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