Another delay in the trial of those allegedly involved in the subsidy fraud.
The ongoing trial of Mamman Ali, son of former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmadu Ali, and three others allegedly involved in the fuel subsidy fraud, suffered a setback on Monday as the court trying the case did not sit as expected.
The defendants were scheduled to be re-arraigned before Adeniyi Onigbanjo on Monday, but the Ikeja High Court re – scheduled the case to November 26.
The son of the former PDP chairman was initially arraigned on July 26, alongside Christian Taylor and Nasaman Oil Services, for an alleged N2.2 billion fuel subsidy fraud.
He and his co-defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted bail in the sum of N20 million each.
However, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on October 30 informed the court of the prosecution’s intention to re-arraign the defendants on an amended charge.
EFCC counsel, Francis Usani, said the amended charge would enable the anti-graft agency to join another oil marketer, Oluwaseun Ogunbambo, as a co-defendant in the matter.
Mr. Usani had claimed that Mr. Ogunbambo was involved in some of the transactions and that joining him in the trial would be in the interest of justice.
In the amended charge of 13 counts, the EFCC alleged that the defendants were involved in subsidy fraud amounting to about N4.4 billion.
The anti-graft agency alleged that the defendants had conspired to obtain the money from the Federal Government for the purported importation of 30.5 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS.
It said the alleged offences were perpetrated between 2010 and 2012.
The EFCC said their alleged offences contravened Sections 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act of 2006 and sections 467 and 468 of the Criminal Code Laws of Lagos State 2003.