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Oil subsidy scam: Marketer alleges attempts on life

29 September 2014, 20:33

Lagos - A Lagos High Court Judge has summoned a witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to appear before the court in in the ongoing trial of an oil marketer, Opeyemi Ajuyah, over allegations of fuel subsidy fraud.

Justice Lateefat Okunnu issued a witness summons on Engineer Kehinde Akinmoloyan.

Ajuyah and her company, Majope Investment, are standing trial alongside another oil marketer, Abdullahi Alao, and his company, Axe Eneryg Nigeria Limited, and Olanrewaju Olalusi, a staff of Sterling Bank Plc, over an alleged N1.1 billion fuel subsidy fraud.

At the resumed hearing of the matter on Monday, EFCC Prosecuting Counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, told the court that Akimolayan, who is a principal witness in the trial, had refused to honour invitations to give evidence in the matter.

Also read: Oil marketers fight fraud charges in court

Oyedepo claimed the witness had alleged that some persons were after his life and only recently attempted to gain entrance into his residential building.

He said that despite several assurances, the witness had remained adamant on not showing up before the court to give evidence in the case.

Oyedepo prayed the court to issues a witness summons against the witness before the next adjourned date of the trial.

Justice Okunnu subsequently granted the request and directed the court register to issue a  summon against the witness.

Earlier in the trial, an EFCC witness, Effa Okim, was re-examined on his initial testimony before the court.

Okim, had on May 27 testified that the defendants had claimed that they imported 15 000 metric tonnes of PMS and thereafter collected subsidy payment.

Okim, an EFCC investigative officer, said it was later discovered that the ship, MT Brave, only discharged 4 264 metric tonnes at the Lister Jetty in Apapa.

According to him,  the remaining product was diverted to an unknown destination which eventually implicated the company in the subsidy fraud.

However, cross-examining Okim, Ajuyah's counsel, Olarenwaju Ajanaku, argued that the EFCC failed to do a thorough investigation of the transaction.

Aderemi Oguntoye, counsel to the third and fourth defendant in the matter, on Monday however requested and was granted permission to cross examine the witness based on some new document which he tendered before the court.

During the cross examination, Okim insisted that the said documents were authentic and formed part of witness statement taken during the course of his investigation.

The matter was adjourned to Tuesday tomorrow for further trial.

- CAJ News


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