EFCC reopens subsidy fraud file, re-arraigns 3 suspects

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday re-arraigned three persons allegedly involved in subsidy scam.

Those arraigned before Justice Lateef Akapo of the Lagos State High Court sitting at Ikeja are Ifeanyi Anosike, Emeka Chukwu and Ngozi Ekeoma and their companies, Anosyke Group of Companies Limited and Dell Energy Limited.

They were arraigned on an amended 35-count charge bordering on conspiracy to obtain by false pretence, attempt to obtain property by false pretence, conspiracy to forge documents, forgery and uttering a false document.

The accused persons were said to have conspired among themselves to obtain the sum of N325million by false pretence from the federal government of Nigeria as subsidy payment for the importation of petrol from Europe.

When the charge was read to the defendants, they all pleaded not guilty.

In view of their plea, prosecution counsel, Ayo Olukotun, asked for a trial date.

Counsel to the first and second defendants, L.A. Opawoye, prayed the court to allow the defendants continue in the bail earlier granted them by the court.

The same view was canvassed by Romeo Michael and Dele Awokoya, counsel to the 3rd, 4th and 5th defendants.

Justice Lawal Akapo therefore granted the payers of the defendants and adjourned the case till March 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16, 2016 for trial.

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