EFCC Re-arraigns Bamanga Tukur’s son, others, over N3.1bn subsidy scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, re-arraigned the trio of Mahmud Tukur, Ochonogor Alex, Abdullahi Alao and their companies over a N3.1 billion fuel subsidy scam.

The accused persons were charged alongside the companies — Eterna Plc, Axenergy, and Star Inspection Services Nigeria Limited — on 38-amended count charges bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretence and forgery.

The EFCC says the accused persons colluded among themselves and obtained N3.1 billion from the federal government under the guise that the money was for the importation of petrol.

Mr. Tukur is the son of a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The trio had earlier been charged in 2012 but the charges were amended by the EFCC.

One of the new charges reads: “You Mahmud Tukur, Ochonogor Alex, Abdullahi Alao, Eterna Plc, Axenergy, and Star Inspection Services Nigeria Limited between October and November, 2011 within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud, conspired among yourselves to commit an offence to wit, obtaining the sum of N1,222,154,152 (One Billion, Two Hundred and Twenty Two Million, One Hundred and Fifty Four Thousand, One Hundred and Fifty Two Naira Only) by false pretense ,from the Federal Government of Nigeria purporting the said sum to be subsidy fund by falsely claiming to have imported 13, 701, 569 litres of premium Motor Spirit into Nigeria through the mother vessel MT Valle Di Castiglia and the Daughter vessel MT Deepwater and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(3) of Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related offences Act 2006.”

The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.

Prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jabobs, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, requested a trial date in view of the plea of the accused persons.

But counsel to the accused persons requested the court to allow the accused persons maintain their bail terms and condition granted earlier by the same court.

The judge, Lateef-Lawal Akapo, allowed the accused persons to continue to enjoy the terms of bail earlier granted them by court and adjourned the matter to March 2, 3 and 4, 2015 for commencement of trial.


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  • sammyctu ode

    Why is it now that the jonathan influenced efcc rearranging bamangar tukur’s sons? Now that tukur has fallen out with jonathan and pdp, the next thing is to dust up the sins of his sons, what was efcc doing three years after the subsidy scam? This shows that jonathan’s government has lost all its credibility if corruption cases is conducted via vendetta and selective justice. Since the subsidy scam, nobody has been jailed because all those affected are the sons, daughters and relatives of pdp bigwigs. After February 2015, God will give us a savior who will clean all the mess jonathan has created.

    • Folahan

      They think that Nigerians are fools….

  • Foster

    These people (GEJ administration) are complete idiots, the efcc is a complete joke. Is it only now when Bamangar Tukur sued them they remembered he stole subsidy money??! When u keep approaching law enforcement like this, you leave the people no option but not to take your agency seriously.

    • Aninta

      From the headline, i got the message. GEJ is misled by so many dumb handlers to have gone down with this very public blackmail!

  • Truthometer

    Bamanga Tukur needs to be punished for daring to claim his PDP chairmanship position. Bringing up his son’s case again by EFCC will surely put him in check. PDP under the leadership of Dumbo is not only a nest of killers, but also, the den of blackmailers. It’s good for all of them.

  • Wale

    Bamagar Tukur fell out with PDP and Jona, Now EFCC pulled out his son’s oil subsidy case that’s been going on for over a year; Gov. Lamido had ambition of contesting against presidents Jona, mama peace, Diezani, Ngozi and Oduh for the nomination in the PDP primaries, EFCC charged his two sons to court over N1.3 billion scam.
    When people say this maladministration is a complete joke, I have no choice but to agree. Has anybody been arrested for approving or issuing out those payments?
    This is the same government that secured a court order against OBJ in two days; He says hes going to appeal the order. I bet he’s going to win at the end, he appointed many if those judges at the federal level, he still has a lot of cloud in and out of Nigeria.
    The point is, this dude/chics got to go. Enough of these shenanigans and complete ID tenTs.

  • Saheed

    Wait, i thought it was Ahmadu Alli’s son that is pictured on there? Why is this said to be Bamagar Tukur’s son? The old trio wasnt Bamagar but Ahamdu Alli. Please cross-check and correct.

  • Sanmi Falae

    Good job with the farming Project, madam. I bet Southerners are eating their ACADEMIC certificates now that salaries are not paid for six months and still counting! What these dumb Southerners don’t realize is that it is easier for the North to break their stereotype than for us to wean ourselves away from the mentality of cheap or free money. Free-money if you are a terrorist or looter. Cheap -money if you are in the civil service. You only need to visit a provincial state or federal ministry to see how people fritter their precious lives away in the name of ‘doing government work’. Lives that could have been better put to use on the farm being wasted away under the shade of trees in worthless and idle gossips! Wait until their is economic resurgence in the North and you’ll hear functional illiterates yelling ‘it is our ‘awyel money’.

  • Gary

    Madam, is it not the same oil money that is being farmed out to fund agriculture? Including importing grass seedlings for cattle grazing lands? Are you aware of plans for an inland port in Niger State and billion-dollar plan to divert water from the Congo River to Lake Chad? You are right, the North is making contingency plans for possible separation. After decades of draining Niger Delta oil money.
    As a bonus, they will also get the federal capital, also built with oil money. The worst off will be the hapless people of the Niger Delta who have been colonized and plundered by the rest of Nigeria for more than fifty years.