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Subsidy scam: Ali, others forged documents, EFCC witness tells court

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.

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  2. cji February 22, 2013 at 9:40 am

    what a national shame…billions upon billions flying every where. haba. i think its high time we start sharing these billions in cash to each citizen of this country, so that no body will feel cheated here, otherwise, a lot of people are being deprived of this their Godly giving wealth, to the benefits of few.

  3. AGOM February 22, 2013 at 10:44 am

    EFCC AND JONATHAN GOVERNMENT WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THE END OF THIS REPORT. THAT IS THE END. SHAMELESS CORRUPT COUNTRY WITH BAD CORRUPT LEADERS.

  4. Obidi February 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    @AGOM is GEJ the judiciary? U’re a shallow mind. The executive, legislature & judiciary are 3 different arms of government. GEJ has no right over the other two. Only ignorant fools expect GEJ to influence court judgements. In January 2012 most Nigerians were fooled by a bunch of anti-government agents & oil marketers (subsidy thieves) that there was nothing like oil subsidy but today GEJ has been vindicated. Now where are those who protested for one week? Why are they not on the streets to fight those now standing trial for subsidy theft? Until we allow market forces to control prices of petroleum products Nigeria will continue to lose billions to these crooks. Total removal of oil subsidy would liberalize & open up that sector/ market & force genuine business men to build refineries. It will be cheaper to refine & sell at home. No more cost of shipment to & fro with huge insurance coverage. There won’t be any more subsidy money to loot. Foreigners will come in & build refineries, thereby creating jobs. What is happening in the telecom sector today is a clear picture of what would happen in the oil sector. Most of these people attack & condemn GEJ because he is blocking their looting source. Give the man some credit. Other people in his position would have used it to amass wealth. He is also fighting oil bunkery. Our roads are much better today & power supply has improved. Sure, Nigeria is a corrupt country. The President is not a saint but he has always exhibited maturity, wisdom, depth, civility, humility & above all he is a good listener. Most people would have abused the absolute power at his disposal. Only thugs & touts see & take his quiet mien for cowardice. Empty barrels make the most noise & barking dogs don’t bite. Quiet waters run deep. People should wake up & understand this is not a military regime. I advise & plead with all to always comment objectively.

  5. rauf amiru February 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm

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  6. Simeon February 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    @ Obidi , good coment

  7. Bart February 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Well said Obidi
    Thanks.

  8. Odogwu_Aganaga February 22, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    we are not deceived!!! nigeria is deceiving itself; it’s all fake; it’s all fraud;–independent-nigeria; independent-national electoral commission; independent-judiciary; independent-corrupt practice incorporated; independent-kill-and-go-police; independent-boko-haram; independent-kidnappers; pls add your own list. oga obidi sir; could you remind nigeria that the end of amalgamation is only months away and what it failed to do on 2nd october 1960 must now be done, i.e. sovereign national conference!!! how independent is an entity where the people is not the sovereign? sir, is it not a shame that with all the money flowing in that entity 80% of the population is starving to death? it is a shame; nigeria is shameless; shame to the shameless.

  9. Kunle February 22, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    How did FG release money based on fake documents? This Obidi is tribalisitc and narrow-minded in his thinking. Minister for Petroleum, CBN gov, GEJ, etc etc are all guilty! How can someone just a bill of more than N4B without adequate verifications? Even EFCC has not been thorough in this regard; they should name and shame and prosecute even thieves that released such money without due verifications. Ths issue couldn’t have even gotten to the judiciary in the first instance which this obidi guy wants to clear the shit created by GEJ, OBJ, etc etc. Haba!

  10. RichardAA February 22, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    The only thing that is constant in life is change, we are coming gradually to where we’re going, ‘you can only fool some people for some time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time’ 2015 is at hand.

  11. Obidi February 22, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    @Kunle thanks so much but I must posit here that it is a free world & every1 reserves the right to his/ her views. U & I are not on same page. I pray not have your type of sound mind. You r delusional & sick hence the need for shrink. I’ve got a cousin who is a consultant/ specialist in that field but you must pay me for referral first. Due ur state of mind you have tried & convicted the following: Minister for Petroleum, CBN gov, GEJ, etc etc and found guilty. Tribal? Well, I am proudly a full blooded Okoro (Igbo) as u call us & owe nobody any apology. U foolishly refer to us as Okoro(s) without knowing the meaning. Well, its not derogatory as u people dumbly assume. We don’t know how to pretend no matter whose ox is gored. Our fore fathers (Ndigbo) didn’t sign any treaty with other ethnic nationalities to be in one Nigeria. No way. GEJ should be allowed to do his bit & let posterity judge him as a success or otherwise. Master forgers are all over the world & also in Nigeria. When u go to the bank to cash a huge check from a customer they only ask for ur ID which they photo copy. Verification comes only when there is suspicion/ problem. Documents submitted to most agencies are not immediately verified except in some special cases. Again, Nigeria has not got a data base for on the spot verification. Your Nigeria is pulling the high flying Ndigbo back ward. You can go swim at the bottom of the Baikal & live in Oymyakon for all I care.

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