N1.5Bn Subsidy Scam: EFCC Re-Arraigns Anosike, Four Others

The Economic And Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, February 21, 2013  re-arraigned Ifeanyi Anosike, Emeka Chukwu, Ngozi Ekeoma; Anosyke Group Companies and Dell Energy Limited before Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, on an eight count charge bordering on conspiracy to obtain by false pretence and  forgery to the tune N1, 537,278,880.82( One , Five Hundred and Thirty Seven Million, Two Hundred and Seventy Eight Thousand, Eight Hundred and Eighty Naira, Eighty-Two Kobo), payments fraudulently received from the Petroleum Support for a purported supply of 15, 000 metric tonnes of Premium Motor Spirit.

The re-arraignment the five defendants followed the elevation Justice Habeeb , the first trial judge to the Court Appeal.  The case was re-assigned to Justice Onigbanjo before whom the defendants took fresh pleas. They all pleaded not guilty to the charges.  Defence , Dr. Joseph Nwobike, SAN, told the court all the defendants had earlier admitted to bail by the first trial judge and prayed the court to allow them continue enjoying the bail on the same conditions.  EFCC , Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, did not object to the of Nwobike but sued for an early trial date.

Justice Onigbanjo granted the of Nwobike and admitted the defendants to bail on the previous terms.

He adjourned the case till July 3 and 4, 2013 for commencement of trial.


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