Ex Minister up for fuel subsidy scam

Nigeria's former minister for Commerce and Industry,Mahmud TukurBy EMEKA OKONKWO

ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE bid by Nigeria’s former minister for Commerce and Industry,Mahmud Tukur, and four other defendants standing trial in a N1.5billion subsidy scam, to have charges against them quashed has failed.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is opposing the bids.

The other defendants are Ochonogor Alex, Abdullahi Alao and their companies- Eterna Plc and Ax Energy.

They are standing trial before Justice Lateef Lawal Akapo of a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja.

At the resumed hearing of the matter on Wednesday, EFCC counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, prayed the court not to entertain the submissions of the defence team led by Olaniran Obehe to quash the charges against the accused persons.

Tukur’s counsel, Obehe, alongside Ebun Adegoruwa and Aderemi Oguntoye: counsels to Ochonogor and Alao respectively, prayed the court to quash the charges against their clients. Adegoruwa had argued that the charges be quashed or alternatively strike out Ochonogor’s name from the charge,
while Alao’s counsel described the charge as “incurably cancerous.”

After listening to the arguments and submissions of counsel, Justice Akapo has adjourned the matter to November 16 for ruling.

– CAJ News

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