By AKEEB ALARAPE
Mamman Nasir, son of the former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ahmadu Ali, was re-arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday for alleged fuel subsidy fraud. Re-arraigned with Nasir were his business partners, Messrs Christian Taylor and Oluwaseun Ogunbambo and their company, Nasaman Oil Services. One of the defendants, Abdul-Azeez Afis was said to be at large.
They were alleged to have fraudulently collected N4.4 billion from the Subsidy Support Programme of the Federal Government using fake and forged documents. The defendants, who were re-arraigned before Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo of Lagos High Court, sitting in Ikeja, were slammed with 13-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretence, forgery and the use of false documents.
EFCC had on July 26 arraigned Ali, Taylor and Nasaman Oil Services over alleged N2.2 billion fuel subsidy fraud before amending the charge to re-arraign them defendants yesterday.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges when read to them and Justice Onigbanjo ordered that Ali and Taylor should continue to enjoy the N20 million bail earlier granted each of them on July 26 while Ogunbambo was remanded in prison custody.
The court later fixed tomorrow for ruling on the bail application filed by Ogunbambo’s counsel, Mr. Adebayo Adenipekun (SAN). In the amended charge against the oil marketers, EFCC alleged that the defendants conspired to obtain the money from the Federal Government for purported importation of 30.5 million litres of Premium Motor Spirits (PMS). The anti-graft agency said the offences contravened Sections 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act of 2006.