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N4.5bn Subsidy Fraud: Ahmadu Ali’s Son, Others Docked Afresh

Mamman Ali, Son Of Former National Chairman Of Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, Was Yesterday Re-Arraigned By The Economic And Financial Crimes Commission, Alongside Two Others Over Alleged Complicity In N4.5 Billion Fuel Subsidy Fraud.

Stephen Ubimago

Mamman Ali, son of former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Ahmadu Ali, was yesterday re-arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), alongside two others over alleged complicity in N4.5 billion fuel subsidy fraud. The other marketers standing trial with Ali are Christian Taylor and his company, Nasaman Oil Services Ltd. They were docked before Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo of a Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja.

Prior to their re-arraignment, the defendants had earlier being arraigned on July 26, 2012. Their trial had commenced before one of the defendants, Oluwaseun Ogunbambo, absconded. This development prompted the anti-graft agency to effect an amendment to the charge made against the defendants, leading to their re-arraignment. Currently, they are facing a 49-count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretenses, forgery and use of false documents – a departure from the initial 9-count. Addressing Justice Onigbanjo, counsel to the EFCC, Mr. Seidu Atteh, alleged that the defendants had fraudulently obtained N4.5 billion from the Federal Government between January 2011 and April 2012.

Atteh further maintained that the money was meant for subsidy payments from the Petroleum Support Fund for the purported importation of 30.5million litres of Premium Motor Spirit. Atteh submitted that the defendants forged a bill of lading and other documents which they used to facilitate the fraud, adding that the offenses contravene section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offenses Act of 2006. He also stated that the alleged offenses offend sections 363(a) and 364 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011. The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges, following which Justice Onigbanjo the defendant’s application for them to continue to enjoy their initial N20 million bail, granted them after their initial arraignment on July 26, 2012.Trial in the matter has been adjourned till June 30.

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