Ahmadu Ali’s son forged documents to collect N4.4bn subsidy payment, witness tells court

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Mamman Ali, an alleged fuel subsidy thief, used forged documents to steal subsidy funds.

Mamman Ali, the son of former Peoples Democratic Party National Chairman, Ahmadu Ali, forged documents to fraudulently collect N4.4 billion as petrol subsidy payments, a witness told a Lagos court on Wednesday.

A prosecution witness, Chidi Onyedikwe, told an Ikeja High Court that some of the documents used by Mamman Ali were forged.

Mr. Onyedikwe was testifying at the resumed trial of Mamman, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over a subsidy scam.

The accused was charged alongside Christian Taylor, a Sierra Leonean; Oluwaseun Ogunbambo, an oil marketer; and Nassaman Oil Services.

Mr. Onyedikwe, the Lagos branch manager of Inspectorate Marine Services Nigeria Ltd., had, on February 21, testified that the defendants used fraudulent documents to obtain the money.

Under cross-examination by counsels to the defendants, Kolade Obafemi, and Adebayo Adenipekun, the witness maintained that his company did not issue the documents.

Mr. Onyedikwe listed the documents to include cargo transfer, certificate of quantity, certificate of quality and haulage, all bearing the logos, signatures and stamps of his company.

He said: “As I said, we went through our operational records, our laboratory records and account records.

“Those documents did not emanate from our company even though it was bearing our logos, stamps and signatures.”

Mr. Onyedikwe said that while the haulage report showed that the defendants had imported the petroleum products and that his company had inspected the products, his company did not assign any of its inspectors to carry out the said transaction.

The EFCC had in its charges, claimed that the defendants presented the documents to the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, to obtain the subsidy.

The case, which is being heard by Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo, was adjourned to May 28.

(NAN)


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  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    like father like son. Subsidy must go.

  • Adamolekun

    Please President Jonathan should grant Mr. Mamman Ali (son of Col Ahmadu Ali former chairman of PDP) pardon. I also suggest that in view of the pardon granted to the criminal called Alamieyeseigha, president Jonathan should also grant the son of Bamanga Tukur (present chairman of PDP) who is also standing trial quick and speedy pardon. We already have a precedent set by our President. And in law we must follow precedent. So caaaaary GO. Four more years of darkness from PDP!!!

  • daniel

    After this we MUST summon the meeting of the Council of State and grant Mr. Mamman Ali and Mr. Tukur (son of Bamanga Tukur-chairman of PDP) pardon.

  • Rommel

    To add to the list of those to be granted pardon,Mr president please also grant posthumous pardon to Lawrence Anenih (the law) and Shina Rambo

    • adetola

      Rommel, you are a ‘chauvinist” for forgetting ‘my people”. You have forgotten to add one of my “own” as part of those that should be granted pardon. E no good ooo. I have an alleged money launderer too. He is Babalakin. Remember him with Ibori. Since our dear President loves all criminals from all groups, so he will not grant the pardon you are asking if you do not put my “own” criminal too. So you better put am now if you wan your “own” to be pardon!!! Hope you got the humor. We are really in a bad and terrible season under this our beloved President.

  • Lanre

    Omo Baba e (Na your father son you be). I never knew I would live to see the day the relatives of public figures will be charged to court to prove their innocence over alleged criminal activity. Something good from Nigeria, for a change.