By AKEEB ALARAPE
Manager, Lagos branch of the Inspectorate Marine Services Nigeria Limited, Mr. Chidi Onyejokwe yesterday told a Lagos High Court, sitting in Ikeja that some documents used by one Mamman Nasir Ali and his co-defendants to facilitate payment of over N4.4 billion fuel subsidy money were forged.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had dragged Nasaman Oil and Gas, Mamman Nasir Ali, son of Ahmadu Ali, a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Christian Taylor and Seun Ogunbambo to court for allegedly obtaining N4, 460, 130,797.94 billion from the Federal Government of Nigeria using forged documents.
The anti-graft agency alleged that the money was fraudulently obtained as subsidy payments from the Petroleum Support Fund of the Federal Government for purported importation of 30.5million litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) from SEATAC Petroleum Limited of British Virgin Islands.
While testifying in court yesterday, Onyejokwe, who is EFCC’s second prosecution witness, told the court presided by Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo that the documents, which were bearing the logos, signatures and stamps of his company never emanated from his company.
According to him, the said documents included cargo transfer certificate, certificate of quantity, certificate of quality and haulage reports. While being led in evidence by the EFCC’s counsel, Francis Usani, the witness told the court that the documents were actually sent to his company by the EFCC for authenticity.
“Sometime in November 2012, we received a letter from EFCC with about 27 pages attached documents, asking us to verify the authenticity of some documents.
Upon receipt of this letter, we went through the 27 documents to ascertain if they emanated from Inspectorate Marine Services Nigeria Limited. We went through our operational, laboratory and account records.
After thorough checks to ensure that we do not make mistake, we replied the EFCC that we did not partake in those transactions. “Those documents did not emanate from our company even though it was bearing our logos, stamps and signatures,” he stated.