More fuel subsidy fraud suspects arraigned

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The suspect is being arraigned for defrauding the federal government

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday arraigned Jubril Rowaye and his firm, Brila Energy Limited, for obtaining N960 million from the Federal Government under false pretenses.

The 13 count charge, at the High Court of Lagos State, also included forgery and alteration of documents.

The EFCC accused Mr. Rowaye of falsely claiming to import 13 million metric tons of fuel purchased from Napa Petroleum Trade Inc, Panama.

The anti graft agency also alleged that Mr. Rowaye forged Certificates of Origin, Quantity, Manifest, Cargo Transfer, and Gasoline Analysis which he claimed were issued by Saybolt Concremat and Inspectorate Marine Services to the federal government.

The offences were committed between November 22, 2010, and March 23, 2011, the commission said.

Lateefat Okunnu, the presiding judge, fixed January 23 and 24 for commencement of trial.

Mr. Rowaye, alongside Saminu Rabiu, is also facing a 17 count charge at an Abuja High Court for fraudulently obtaining N1 billion from the Federal Government.

When the matter was first called in the Lagos Court, two weeks ago, Mr. Rowaye was absent as he had already been remanded in an Abuja prison.

Mrs. Okunnu, consequently, directed that a production warrant be served to the prison authorities in Abuja to effect his release.