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Trial of 2 oil marketers stalled

19 November 2013, 17:44

Ikeja-  The trial of two oil marketers, Oluwaseun Ogunbambo and Habila Theck, was on Monday stalled, due to a pending application seeking its transfer to another judge.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the marketers were charged alongside their firm, Fargo Energy Ltd. to court for an alleged N979.6 million fuel subsidy fraud.

They are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo of an Ikeja High Court.

At the resumption of proceedings, Onigbanjo said that the case file was still with the Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Ayotunde Philips.

Onigbanjo said the chief judge had recalled the file, following a petition written against him by Ogunbambo in June.

He, therefore, adjourned the matter to February 5, 2014, for mention.

NAN reports that Ogunbambo had alleged in his petition that Onigbanjo was biased against him and would, therefore, not likely get fair trial before the judge.

-  NAN

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