Release PDP Chairman’s son’s passport so he can attend “business meetings,” Judge orders EFCC

Mamman Ali and Mahmud Tukur
Mahmud Tukur middle, and Mamman Ali right were indicted for fuel subsidy fraud

Bamanga Tukur’s son is being tried for alleged involvement in the fuel subsidy scam.

Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo of a Lagos High Court, in Ikeja, on Thursday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to release the international passports of Mahmud Tukur and Alex Ochonogor.

Mr. Onigbanjo also adjourned till January 30, 2013, to enable Mr. Tukur, son of the Peoples’ Democratic Party chairman, Bamanga Tukur; and Mr. Ochonogor finalize their “out of court settlement” with the EFCC.

The accused, and Abdullahi Alao, son of billionaire businessman, Abdulazeez Arisekola-Alao, are facing a nine count charge of fuel subsidy fraud amounting to N1.2 billion.

“Their passports should be released to enable them attend scheduled business meetings between 17th December and 19th January in the U.K. and France,” the judge said in his ruling.

“They must return the passports on or before January 25, 2013,” he added.

The defendants had earlier requested for a permanent release of their passports to avoid “disturbing” the commission whenever they want to travel out of the country.

The judge turned down the request.

The ongoing negotiation between the suspected fraudsters and the EFCC stalled trial, for the second time, as both parties said that they are yet to come to a conclusion.

The anti graft commission did not oppose the defendants’ request for adjournment.

Last August, the suspects had approached another judge, Lateefat Folami, to request for the release of their passports but were turned down.

  • Chuks

    Double standard in Nigeria judiciary.This is the reason thing will never work well in that country.

  • Easy

    The Nigerian Judiciary is once again demonstrating why they cannot be trusted. If a businessman commits a crime in the line of business and is then arrested, he cannot then use pressing business needs as a means of getting out of custody. This as all Nigerians know has all to do with the fact
    that the fact that this man is the son of the VP. In Nigeria unfortunately, the only viable currency when you are in trouble is political influence. Shame of the Judge! Shame on the Nigerian justice system or the lack of it.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Nigerian judiciary justices like justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo are all aiders and abetters of corruption with their constant rulings supporting looters of our commonwealths like indicted Mahmud Tukur and his co-conspirators who are facing trial under fuel subsidy scam.
    I wonder why justices are always destroying their professional image with Nigerian people?

    Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan,
    Canada.

  • kenneth

    Justice is dressed in rags. How many awaiting trial inmates could dream of such privilage? Which is more important, seeing that justice is done or arguing about passport release? Nigeria is likely the only country where alledged high profile criminals walk the street free and are treated as VIPs