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Friday, 18 October 2013

EFCC: oil marketer got N.9b without importing fuel


EFCC: oil marketer got N.9b without  importing fuel
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday claimed that an oil marketer, Rowaye Jubril, did not import the petroleum products for which he received N963.7 million subsidy.
The EFCC made the allegation through one of its officers, Mrs Tolulola Olanubi, at the resumed trial of Jubril before an Ikeja High Court.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Jubril was being prosecuted with his company, Brila Energy Limited.
Olanubi, who was led in evidence by EFCC counsel, Mr Seidu Atteh, said she was a member of the special team which investigated the alleged fraud in the Petroleum Support Fund (PSF) scheme.
She said the accused obtained the money from the Federal Government for the purported importation of 13,500 metric tonnes of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol).
Mrs Olanubi said: “The accused had claimed that there was a ship-to-ship transfer of the products between the mother vessel — MT Overseas Lima and the daughter vessel — MT Delphina.
“The purported transfer took place between January 26 and 27, 2011 offshore Cotonou in Benin Republic.”
The EFCC officer said investigations by the commission revealed that the transfer never took place, as claimed by the marketer.
She said Llyod Lister, an agency, which monitors the movement of international vessels, also confirmed that the product was not imported.
“I accessed the Llyod Lister’s data base to track the movement of the vessels. I observed that MT Overseas Lima was at Port Everglades in the United States on the day the accused claimed the ship-to-ship transfer took place.
“MT Delphina was at Tin Can Island, Lagos, on the same day that the transfer was said to have taken place off-shore Cotonou,” the witness said.
Justice Lateefat Okunnu fixed today for the continuation of the trial.

TheNation

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