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Alleged N761.6m Oil Fraud: Bawa’s Cross-examination Ends As Court Adjourns Nadabo Energy Boss’ Trial Till May 10.

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The trial of Abubakar Ali Peters and his company, Nadabo Energy Limited, over a 21-count charge bordering on forgery and subsidy fraud to the tune of N761, 628,993.84 before Justice S.S. Ogunsanya of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos continued today, Monday, May 9, 2022, with the conclusion of the cross-examination of the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa.

Abubakar and his company are being prosecuted by the EFCC for offences bordering on obtaining money under false pretence, diversion of Federal Government funds and forgery to the tune of N761, 628,993.84.

One of the counts reads: “Nadabo Energy Limited and Abubakar Ali Peters, on or about 26th day of September, 2011 in Lagos, within the Ikeja judicial division , fraudulently obtained the sum of N761,628,993.84 from the Federal Government by falsely representing that the sum represented the subsidy accrued to Nadabo Energy Limited under the Petroleum Support Fund for the importation of 16,808,064 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), which Nadabo Energy Limited purported to have purchased from Delano Petroleum Corporation Akara Tortola British Virgin Island, and transported the 16,808,064 litres through MT Gotland Carolina (mother vessel) and MT Sonia (daughter vessel) to Nigeria, whereas Nadabo Energy Limiter only imported 7,953,962 litres of PMS from Delany Petroleum Corporation Akara Tortola British Virgin Island and transported 7,953,962 litres of PMS through MT Gotland Carolina (mother vessel) and MT Songa (daughter vessel) to Nigeria.”

He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges when he was arraigned on October 7, 2015, thereby prompting the commencement of his trial.

Bawa had, in his examination-in-chief on September 22, 2021, told the Court that investigations by the EFCC into petitions received from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and some concerned Nigerians in 2015 alleging fraud in the subsidy regime uncovered forged documents allegedly used by the defendants to claim subsidy funds for 12,000MT of PMS, whereas only about 6,000 MT was imported by the defendant.

Subsequently, on December 16, 2021, the defence team led by E.O. Isiramen had begun the cross-examination of the witness.

At today’s proceedings, Bawa, who is testifying as the second witness, concluded his cross-examination by the defence.

Under cross-examination by Isiramen, Bawa further stressed that, “Our findings and evidence are still that you cannot discharge what you didn’t import.

“And our investigation, including documents from the banks, Staco Insurance Plc, PPPRA and others, indicated that the defendant supplied about 6,000 MT of PMS and not 12,000 MT as claimed by the defendant.”

Bawa further attested that investigation by the EFCC revealed that those who signed the respective documents resulting in the eventual payment to the defendants “did not do the right thing from our findings.”

“However, we were looking at the bigger picture in the interest of justice and concluded that the defendant was the beneficiary of the alleged compromise,” he added.

He further told the Court that “We have started making recoveries from the defendant and we have a statement in which he put in writing that he is willing to pay back the excess money he received from the government.”

Bawa also reinstated that other directors of the company told the EFCC, during investigations, that they didn’t know anything about the transaction.

He said: “He never denied that he was in charge of everything that has to do with the transaction.

“We were only doing our job and we found out that the entire fund was utilised by him.”

The case has been adjourned till May 10, 2022 for continuation of trial.

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Nasarawa Governor’s Son, Hassan Sule Dies 7 Months After Wedding….

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Abdullahi Sule, the Nasarawa State Governor, has lost his son, Alhaji Hassan Sule.

Hassan reportedly died after a brief illness.

 

He died seven months after his elaborate wedding to Salamatu Muhammad Odeh, which was held on Saturday, June 25 2022.

The wedding took place at the palace of the Emir of Keffi and was attended by prominent Nigerians including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; Governors of Kano, Ogun and Borno, Abdullahi Ganduje, Dapo Abiodun and Professor Babagana Zulum respectively.

 

According to Vanguard, the lawmaker representing Lafia North Constituency at the State House of Assembly, Hon. Muhammed Ibrahim Alkali said he received the news with great shock.

 

In a condolence message to Governor Sule, the lawmaker described the death of his son, Hassan, as a huge loss to the state and Nigeria at large.

 

“I share my deep condolences with His Excellency, Engr Abdullahi A. Sule, over the passing of his beloved son Alh. Hassan. I pray that Allah (SWT) grants him Aljanatul Firdaus and comfort his family,” the statement said.

 

Also, a condolence message signed by the Publisher of Eggonnews, Matthew Kuju and obtained by the newspaper around 5.30 am, reads, “It is with pains in our hearts to learn of the passage of your dear son, Hassan. No doubt, it is very painful when a father has to bury a son, but only Allah can explain such happenings.

 

“We pray May Allah raise him among the righteous and grant him aljannah Firdausi, and may Allah grant the family the fortitude to bear this painful demise.”

 

 

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Toyin Abraham Distances Self From Property Scammers, Revolution Plus, Bamidele Onalaja!

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Nollywood actress Toyin Abraham has announced that she has ended her working relationship with a real estate company, Revolution Plus.

The actress made the announcement via a short statement she released on Saturday.

She never mentioned why she ended the ambassadorial deal with the company but this may be connected with some complaints raised by customers of the company.

“For those who are observant? You would have noticed my inactivity about the Revolution Plus brand. Got the purpose of business confidentiality, I won’t be going into the back and forth that happened between us, but I can let you know freely that I have stopped working with the brand and all official engagement between us stops by 31st of this month. I am grateful for the opportunity and I am so sorry for those that have experienced inconvenience working with them. I wish the company well in its future dealings and strength to deal with existing issues,” the statement from the actress reads.

In 2022, Toyin was among the brand ambassadors called out by customers after they accused Revolution Plus of failing to allocate properties to them after they made the full payment.

In the heat of the controversy, several aggrieved clients took to social media to drag the entertainers for representing the company despite its alleged involvement in fraud.

But in their reactions, the entertainers called on affected customers to exercise patience, assuring that the issue would be resolved.

In an Instagram post in 2022, Toyin said she has already reached out to the company. She also dismissed claims that she had left the real estate brand.

“I am not leaving the brand as I can say they keep to their words, it’s just that we have issues that need to be resolved,” she wrote.

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Property Scam: Controversial RevolutionPlus CEO, Bamidele Onalaja Lands In N15 Million Scam Allegations…

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Society Reporters reports that The controversial CEO of RevolutionPlus property, Bamidele Onalaja has been accused of a N15 Million scam.

This was made known by a customer of the property company who revealed that he purchased a landed property worth N15 Million since 2020 but is yet to get allocation three years after.

The customer explained that the company is fond of sending email notifications for allocation only to go back and forth regarding the allocation process.

In a video shared on Instagram, the customer caused a scene at the company’s office to further express his displeasure in the company.

Watch the video here:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CnrYF3-OPgm/?igshid=Yzg5MTU1MDY=

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