The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has re-arraigned Mamman Ali, son of the former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, one other person and their oil marketing firm before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja over alleged N4.5billion fuel subsidy fraud.
The accused persons and their firm were re-arraigned on an amended 49-count charge of fuel subsidy fraud.
Ali was charged alongside his two alleged accomplices: Christian Taylor and Nasaman Oil Services Limited, an oil marketing firm.
They were dragged before Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo by the EFCC for fraudulently obtained N4.5billion as fuel subsidy claims from the Federal Government on a purported importation of 30.5 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit (Petrol). Their re-arraignment followed the “disappearance” of one Oluwaseun Ogunbambo, with whom they were first arraigned by the anti-graft commission on July 26, 2012.
Ogunbambo had reportedly fled the country after he was granted bail. In 2012, the four accused persons were charged with nine counts bordering on the offence, the amended charge brought to court yesterday, however, contained 49 counts.
They bordered on conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretences, forgery and use of false documents.
At the commencement of proceedings, the EFCC’s prosecutor, Seidu Atteh, told the court of the amended charges and sought its permission to take the plea of the three accused persons.
Subsequently, Justice Onigbanjo granted the prayer.
But upon reading the charges to the accused, they all pleaded not guilty to all them.
Atteh told the court that having freshly arraigned the accused before the court, the commission was ready to open its trial.
The prosecution, in the new charges, alleged that the accused committed the subsidy fraud between January 2011 and April 2012. According to Atteh, Ali and the others allegedly forged a bill of lading and other documents to facilitate the fraud.
Atteh further said that the offences committed by the accused contravened section 1(3) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act of 2006 and sections 363(a) and 364 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.
Ali and Taylor were in 2012 admitted to bail in the sum of N20million each, the judge allowed them to continue enjoying the bail after their re-arraignment.

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