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Ngozi Ekeoma’s $10m Fraud: Court Issues Bench Warrant On Amni Petroleum Chairman

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A Lagos Special Offences Court, Ikeja has issued a bench warrant against the Chairman of Amni Petroleum Limited, who is to testify as a defence witness in a criminal case involving an ex-banker, Chukwuemeka Ekwunife, accused of N168.5m theft.

Ekwunife, who is currently standing trial, was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly stealing the sum of N168.5m from several companies belonging to an oil marketer and business woman, Mrs Ngozi Ekeoma.

The EFCC had alleged that Ekwunife, at different times in 2014, stole the said sum of money from, M.R.S oil and Gas, Exit Energy limited, Globin oil and Gas limited, Bond Energy, Greenage Energy Limited – all properties of Nepal Oil and Gas Limited owned by Mrs Ngozi Ekeoma.

But in his defence, the former banker, who resigned from Sterling bank in 2014, said that Mrs Ekeoma pleaded with him to join her business, help her provide credit facilities for her companies and used him to facilitate false documentations in Liberia in order to steal millions of Naira from the Federal government of Nigeria through subsidy scheme.

However, the Chairman of Amni petroleum was issued a bench warrant following his consistent failure to appear before the court after being subpoenaed to testify in defence of the former banker.

The defence counsel, Mr Eubena Amedie, who expressed displeasure over the continued nonappearance of the Amni petroleum chairman, urged the court to issue a bench warrant.

According to the defence Counsel, it is not appropriate for the Counsel to the witness, R. M Onweka, to tell the court that his client cannot come to court due to lack of financial arrangement by the defendant to enable him appear as a witness.

“The subpoena was served on the witness since last year, sometime in December 2020 and a reminder was also sent on September 6, 2021. We also wrote another reminder on September 28. So it’s not right to come to court today and find the witness absent again.

“My Lord, at this time, we would be asking for a bench warrant to be issued against the subpoenaed witness under Section 186 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) 2015.

Meanwhile, a defence witness, a Financial consultant, Mr Anthony Abraham, who had earlier testified before the court, said that there exist a relationship between a former banker and the businesswoman, Mrs Ekeoma, in an alleged subsidy fraud that took place in Liberia and Nigeria in 2014.

According to the Financial consultant, he met Ekwunife in Liberia when he (latter) came to open accounts and register some companies.

Mr Abraham, said that he was introduced to Ekwunife by a former client and a friend, who he claimed not to remember his/her identity.

The Financial consultant said that he had known Mrs Ekeoma Ngosi as a friend long before he knew Ekwunife, whom he only met while he was working in Liberia with a bank, First International bank.

The witness, while being led in evidence, said, ” I was working in Liberia with a bank called First International Bank when I met the defendant, Chukwuemeka Ekwunife.

”He came to do business in Liberia with intentions of opening accounts and registering some companies. If I recall, He was introduced to me by a former client and friend of mine, who I can’t really remember”.

When asked if that friend was Mrs Ngozi Ekeoma, the witness said he can’t remember.

However, the defence Counsel showed a document, containing several emails of transactions which he sent to Ekwunife and copied Mr and Mrs Ekeoma, to the witness and asked him to identify it.

The witness identified the emails and said, “Yes I sent these mails to Tochukwu71@yahoo.com (belonging to Ekwunife) and I copied three others namely; Ekeoma_Eme@hotmail.com (belonging to Mr Ekeoma), Ibeyanma72@yahoo.co.uk. (belong to Mrs Ngozi Ekeoma) and U go.na@gmail.com (belonging to Mr Ugochukwu Onwuegbuna).

”The emails were sent as a result of transactions in an account, Dexter Oil Limited, which was opened by Mr Emeka in Liberia and the account was opened with the same name.

“After it was opened, I wasn’t the direct account officer but an officer was assigned. Though I had an overview of the transactions. The account received both inflows and outflows. Mr Emeka was the sole signatory of the account and instructions would normally come from him to run the account.

“I was asked to copy Mr Ugochukwu, who is also a Director in Dexter just as Ekwunife, and then copy both Mr and Mrs Ekeoma in each mail”.
When asked how he knew Mrs Ekeoma, he replied, ” I’ve known her for many years – long before I met Ekwunife. I’ve never had any business transactions with Ngozi before I met Ekwunife. But Mrs Ngozi Ekeoma has a relationship with the defendant, Ekwunife “.

When asked why he copied Mrs Ekeoma if there was no business relationship, the Consultant replied, “I was asked to copy these people and I literarily don’t know all of them.

Meanwhile, according to Ekwunife, in his defence, said that he helped the businesswoman register several companies in Liberia to enable her carry out various importation of petroleum products particularly Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), under the petroleum scheme fund (subsidy scheme) with the FG.

The defendant insisted that the Mrs Ekeoma transfered Premium motor spirit (PMS) meant for consumption in Nigeria to vessels for subsequent sale overseas.

Ekwunife told the court that “I helped her setup various companies like Structured Energy Resources Limited, Dexter Oil Limited, Ritrak Supply and Trading Limited, Gulf Trading and Shipping Limited – all registered in Liberia.

“These companies were used at various times to carry out trading and documentations related to subsidy by the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“We produced supporting documents like Bill of Laden, the recertification of products, the certificate of quality and certificate of Origin.

“These documentation were done outside the shores of Nigeria and used for trades that never happened in Nigeria. The documentation were done in Liberia for trades that were not live (feasible).

“We (referring to himself and Mrs Ngozi Ekeoma) used these documentations to carry out fraudulent activities by using documents formulated outside the country to perform trade in Nigeria that were not suppose to happen”.

The defendant had also in October 22, 2018, through his solicitors, George Ikoli and Okagbue, petitioned the EFCC revealing an alleged $10m subsidy fraud committed by Mrs Ngozi Ekeoma sometime in 2011 and 2012.

Included in the petition titled: Complaint of $10m subsidy fraud perpetrated by Ngozi Ekeoma and Nepal Oil and Gas,’ acknowledged and received by the EFCC on November 6, 2019, were attached documents evidencing the fraudulent operational activities carried out by Mrs Ngozi Ekeoma and her company.

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Enugu Ex-Comm.Dr. Victor Nnam To Spend Christmas In Prison Custody

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The embattled Enugu ex-commissioner for Lands and Urban Development, Dr. Victor Nnam, who was remanded in Enugu Correctional Centre on December 3, 2021 after his arraignment at Federal High Court, Enugu on criminal charges bordering on forgery will spend Christmas in the custody, following his inability to get someone who will surety him on bail, investigation reveals.
Sources close to him disclosed yesterday that Nnam is finding it extremely difficult to get a surety that will meet up with the stringent bail conditions as people have abandoned him to his fate.
“The most annoying aspect of it is that his immediate family is disappointed and unhappy with his actions and inactions.
“They warned and advised him against his actions, but he refused to listen. He was misled by some disgruntled politicians, who gave him false promises and supports initially. They have abandoned him now.
“He was seen weeping like a baby in the prison on Saturday, asking God to forgive him and touch the hearts of those he revoked their lands illegally to forgive him,” a close friend disclosed.

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ACA 2021: AWARDS’ RECIPIENTS GEAR UP TO TAKE THE CENTRE STAGE FOR THE 2ND EDITION IN DECEMBER 12

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Kanbitoons Company in association with Afrika Konnekt News Network (AKNN) is ready to host the exclusive 2nd Edition of All Colour Awards (ACA 2021) in Lagos, Nigeria.

The annual and colourful event-project with glitz and glamour is created to honour and recognize leadership in different sectors in Nigeria with limitless imagination and bold execution to foster unity and positioned to soar awardees/recipients beyond known boundaries. It is definitely a veritable platform for awardees to leverage and increase their perception profile.

To kick off the event for this year, the organizers have started a countdown to herald the All Colour Awards (ACA) with the objective of the resource team not just to organize an award but a memorable event that will help the recipients/awardees gain strong recognition and consumer empathy.

 

No doubt, checks revealed that the nominees and eventual recipients/awardees for the special recognition awards would be selected via vigorous credibility tasking process by a clinically designated body of judges in the Selection Panel and Advisory Board respectively for the anticipated unfolding success.

 

Added Information also revealed that the All Colour Awards (ACA) project is an exclusive event arranged to unite and amplify Nigeria’s top businesses, connect creativity, brands, achievers’ excellence and reward by honouring and promoting the reputable individuals, organizations and brands that have secured high populace and consumer rating in their respective categories.

 

According to Mr. Ayo Sogbuyi, the Chief Executive Officer of Afrika Konnekt News Network (AKNN) he disclosed that his company came on board to partner with Kanbitoons Company in the spirit of making merry with the A-list awardees in various industries in Nigeria for brands leverage, trend attraction, business and human networking and above all to promote unity in our colourful industries and many more he divulged of his partnership.

 

The talk of the town All Colour Awards (ACA 2021) like no other is billed to take place on Sunday December 12, 2021 at Abelinis Hub, located at No. 1, Erinola Salako Street, Behind Excellence Hotel, Ogba Lagos, Nigeria.

The awards’ recipients at the exclusive maiden edition of All Colour Awards (ACA 2019) are:

Sifax Group – Best Indigenous Conglomerate Brand of the Year; Creativexone Limited-Brand Management Advertising Agency of the Year; Wall & Ace Legal Practitioners – Most Outstanding Law Firm on Regulatory and Contractual Legal Issues of the Year; Zebra Insurance Brokers Limited –Most Resourceful Insurance Broker of the Year; 12 Baskets Foods Limited –Best Innovative Finger Foods Brands of the Year; Abelinis Limited – Best Innovative Event-Marketing Company of the Year; Brand Vision Media Limited –Best Creative Branding & Printing Company of the Year; Z-Edge Consulting –Most Innovative Consulting Service Provider of the Year; Samson Adewale (Mr. Miracle) – Best Afro Rock Musician In Diaspora of the Year; The Architects Place Limited – Best Architectural Design & Construction Company of the Year; Laffmatazz –Most Outstanding Comedy Brand of the Year; Mr. Pele Adesoji Clement –Most Outstanding Business Personality of the Year; Olatokunbo Foundation –Most Outstanding Humanitarian Foundation of the Year; Adedeji Michael Ademola –Best Use of Educational Technology Initiative of the Year; Eye Candy Innovative Concepts –Best Innovative Ushering & Event Management Brand of the Year.

The creator of the All Colour Awards (ACA) Mr. Kanbi Owolabi is very thankful and appreciates the reputable individuals, brands and organizations that made the maiden edition a huge success and he looks ahead to a bigger and better exclusive 2nd edition.

 

The must attend exclusive 2nd edition of the All Colour Awards (ACA 2021) is set to take the centre stage as a spectacular event for all tradition, all costumes and all glamour in grand style.

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Rotary Club of Ikeja Hosts 2021 Foundation Dinner

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All is set for this year’s Rotary Club of Ikeja’s Foundation Dinner cum Fundraising, which is scheduled to take place today, Monday, November 29, 2021.

The Foundation Dinner which will take place at Erith Apartment and Suites, Opebi, Ikeja Lagos will have Past District Governor, Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo as the Guests Speaker.

Speaking on the Foundation Dinner, the Foundation Director, Rotarian Lanre Lawal said the Foundation Dinner which is a yearly event is held to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation.

According to Rotarian Lawal, ‘’The Foundation Dinner will not only be an evening of fine dining, great wine and engaging entertainment but it will also an excellent evening of networking.’’

While corroborating the Foundation Director, the President of Rotary Club of Ikeja, Rotarian Gbenga Badejo (FCA) added that the event would also afford the club the opportunity to encourage individuals who have excelled in their fields of endeavour in the society to be Paul Harris Fellows.

Rotarian Badejo said that ‘’At Rotary Club of Ikeja, we are always setting standard and keeping faith to the ideals and tenets of the Rotary International.

‘’Like we do every year, we will be hosting the Rotary Foundation Dinner and Launching, and our goal is always to out-do our past.

‘’This year, we will not only be inducting and decorating new members into our club but also decorating some Paul Harris Fellows.

‘’The ultimate goal is to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation and we are determined to do so, after all our club since establishment over five decades ago has been at the forefront of providing service to others, promoting integrity and advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.’’

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